CBC Literary Prizes

Calling all writers! The 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, 2019.
The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize is open from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2019. (Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash)

The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions.

Canadian writers can submit original, unpublished fiction up to 2,500 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year's winner was Krzysztof Pelc for Green Velvet. You can read all the 2019 shortlisted stories here.

The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979.

Other past winners include Michael OndaatjeMichael Winter and Frances Itani.

The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2020. The 2020 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2020. 

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

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