CBC Literary Prizes

Calling all writers! The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions

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 to enter is October 31, 2021.
The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is open for submissions until Oct. 31, 2021. (Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash)

The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is now open! 

You have until Oct. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words. 

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You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words. 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.

B.C. writer and professor Corinna Chong won the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize for her story Kids in Kindergarten

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

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

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January and the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April. 

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

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