CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Poetry Prize

The 2022 CBC Poetry Prize is open for submissions! The deadline to enter is May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The 2022 CBC Poetry Prize is now open for submissions.

You have until May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

WHAT: Submit an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

WHEN: The 2022 CBC Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. The deadline to enter is May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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: Lise Gaston of Vancouver won the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize for her poem James

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, while the competition is active, 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 2023 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September and the 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2023.

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