CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

You could win $6,000 from Canada Council, a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre and have your work published on CBC Books. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31, 2019.

The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize is now open!

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WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words.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

WHEN: The competition is open for submissions from Sept. 1, 2019 to Oct. 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, will have their story 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 story 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? 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 Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2020. The 2020 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2020. 

 

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