Calling all writers! The CBC Nonfiction 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 Feb. 28, 2019.
The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open until Feb. 28, 2019. (Shutterstock)

Ready to submit? Enter now!

The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions.

Canadian writers can submit original, unpublished memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles until Feb. 28, 2019. Your entry can be up to 2,000 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 Feb. 28 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 Sandra Murdock for Easy Family DinnersYou can read all the 2018 finalists' stories here.

Need a little motivation to get you going? Subscribe below to the CBC Nonfiction Prize newsletter. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Nonfiction 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, so 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Prizes. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.

If you're looking to submit to the Prix du récit Radio-Canada, you can enter here

The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2019. The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2019.

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