Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

The CBC Short Story Prize is open between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1. at 4:59 p.m. ET.

The 2024 CBC Short Story Prize is now closed

The 2024 CBC Short Story Prize is now closed. Results will be announced in the spring.


WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2,500 words. There is no minimum word requirement.

WHEN: The CBC Short Story Prize is open for submissions from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at 4:59 p.m. ET (1:59 p.m. PT).

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 2024 CBC Short Story Prize winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and win a two-week writing residency at 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 Suzette Mayr, Kevin Chong and Ashley Audrain

WHO WON LAST YEAR? Will Richter won the 2023 CBC Short Story Prize for Just a Howl

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 while the competition is active, you can enter here

OTHER PRIZES: The 2024 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2024 and the 2024 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2024. 

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