CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

Brenda Damen has won the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize for Gibson. The 2021 prize will open in September 2020.

Calgary writer Brenda Damen has won the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize for her story Gibson.

As the grand prize winner, Damen will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Gibson was selected by the jury composed of David Bezmozgis, Alix Hawley and Rawi Hage.

The other finalists were:

Each of the finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and their stories have been published by CBC Books. You can read their stories by clicking the links above. 

The 2021 prize will open in September 2020.


WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words. There is no minimum word requirement.

WHEN: The 2021 competition will be open for submissions from Sept. 1, 2020 to Oct. 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, will have their work published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work 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 2020 jury is comprised of David Bezmozgis, Alix Hawley and Rawi Hage

WHO WON LAST YEAR? Krzysztof Pelc won the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize for Green Velvet. You can read all the stories shortlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize here.

WANT HELP? Subscribe to the CBC Short Story 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 Short Story Prize is open.

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.

SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit to the French short story prize, you can enter here

OTHER PRIZES: The 2020 CBC Poetry Prize is currently open until  May 31, 2020. The 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2021.


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