Calling all writers! The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize is now open
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You have until Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished short stories.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.
You may submit an unpublished short story, up to 2,500 words in length.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.
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The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.