CBC Poetry Prize
The CBC Poetry Prize is now closed. Finalists will be announced in the fall of 2019. The 2020 prize will open in April 2020.
WHAT: You can submit an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.
WHEN: The competition is open for submissions from April 1 to May 31, 2020.
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
HOW: While the competition is active, submit online through Submittable. A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Their winning submission will be published on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their poetry published on CBC Books.
WHO IS JUDGING: A team of readers from across Canada will read the entries and determine the longlist. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.
The other finalists were:
- (M)other by Sanita Fejzić
- Canadian Immigration Services Citizenship Exam by Neil Griffin
- Phone Sex with a One Time Lover on the West Coast by Julie Mannell
- The Autobiography of Water by Bola Opaleke
WANT HELP: Subscribe to the CBC Poetry 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 Poetry Prize is open.
SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit to the French poetry prize, you can enter here.
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.