CBC Literary Prizes

Calling all poets! The CBC Poetry Prize is now open

You could win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre and have your work published on CBC Books. The deadline is May 31, 2019.
The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize is open until May 31, 2019. (Shutterstock)

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The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize is now open for submissions.

Canadian poets can submit an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems until May 31, 2019.

You can submit work up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will have their work published on CBC Books.

Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

You have until May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter. The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.

Last year's winner was Natalie Lim for Arrhythmia. You can read all the 2018 finalists' poems here.

Need a little motivation to get you going? Subscribe below to the CBC Poetry Prize newsletter. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Poetry Prize is open. 

Want even more support? Join the Canada Writes Facebook group, where you can connect with writers from across Canada.


The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.

If you'd like to submit to the Prix de poésie Radio-Canada, you can enter here

The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2019. The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2020.

Have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions or email us at canadawrites@cbc.ca.

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