CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Poetry Prize

The 2020 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist has been revealed. The winner will be announced on Nov. 12. The 2021 prize will open in April.


Five writers have made the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist.

The finalists are:

The winner will be announced on Nov. 12, 2020.

The 2021 prize will open in April.


WHAT: You can submit an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length.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, 2021.

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 poets.

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.

OTHER PRIZES: The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize will open Sept. 1, 2020. The 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2021. 


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