CBC Literary Prizes

Calling all writers! The 2021 CBC Short Story 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 Oct. 31, 2020.
The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize is open until Oct. 31, 2020. (Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash)

The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize is now open.

You have until Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished short stories.

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and 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You may submit an unpublished short story, up to 2,500 words in length.

There is no minimum word requirement. The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.

Submissions are read by a panel of established writers and editors from across the country. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.

Need a little motivation to get you going? Subscribe to the CBC Short Story Prize newsletter: the form to add your email address is at the bottom of this post. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Short Story Prize is open.

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

Last year's winner was Brenda Damen for Gibson.

The 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January. The 2021 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April.

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

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