CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Nonfiction Prize

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize is closed. The 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize opens for submissions in January 2023.

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction prize is now closed. The 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize opens for submissions in January 2023.

Chanel M. Sutherland won the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize for her story Umbrella

The four 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize finalists were Alison Hughes of Edmonton for Funhouse Mirrors, Barbara Mackenzie of Yellowknife for Northern Spring, Lee Thomas of Fredericton for My Summer Body and Sarah Van Goethem of Bothwell, Ont., for A Borrowed Husband

RULES & REGULATIONS | FAQ 

WHAT: You can submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum word count.

WHEN: The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now closed for submissions.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by creating an account through Submittable. A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can submit a memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles.

WHO IS JUDGING: A team of readers from across Canada read the entries and determine the longlist. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers. 

WHO WON LAST YEAR: Chanel M. Sutherland of Montreal won the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize for her story Umbrella

WANT HELP: Subscribe to the CBC Nonfiction Prize newsletter for writing tips and support along the way. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Nonfiction Prize is open.

WANT SUPPORT: Join our Canada Writes Facebook group! It's a place where writers across Canada can connect with each other, support each other and even offer each other feedback.

SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit to the French nonfiction prize while the competition is active, you can enter here

OTHER PRIZES: The 2022 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2022. The 2023 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2022.

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