CBC Poetry Prize

Natalie Lim has won the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize for Arrhythmia. The 2019 prize will open in April.

The CBC Poetry Prize is closed for submissions. The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will open for submissions in April.

Natalie Lim has won the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize for Arrhythmia. She will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have her work published on CBC Books

The other finalists were:

They will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have their work published on CBC Books

This year's finalists and winner were selected by the jury, composed of Jordan Abel, Kai Cheng Thom and Ruth B.


WHAT: You can submit an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length.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, 2019.

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.

WHO WON LAST YEAR:  Alessandra Naccarato won the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize for Postcards for my Sister. You can read all the stories shortlisted for the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize here.

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 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2019. The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2019. 

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