CBC Poetry Prize

The 2018 CBC Poetry Prize is closed for submissions. Finalists will be announced in fall 2018.

The CBC Poetry Prize is closed for submissions. Finalists will be announced in the fall 2018.


WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished poetry.

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 receives $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.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can write a poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

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

OTHER PRIZES:  The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2018. The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2019.

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