CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions! Submit your original, unpublished fiction, up to 2500 words before Oct. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Calling all writers! The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions


WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words.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

WHEN: The 2022 competition is open for submissions from Sept. 1, 2021 to Oct. 31, 2021 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, 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 for the 2022 CBC Short Story Prize. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.

WHO WON LAST YEAR? B.C. writer and professor Corinna Chong won the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize for her story Kids in Kindergarten

WANT HELP? Subscribe to the CBC Short Story Prize newsletter for writing tips and support along the way. Scroll to the bottom of this page to add your email to our list! 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 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open for submissions on Jan. 1, 2022 and the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize will open on April 1, 2022. 

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