CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

Thirty-three writers have been longlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize. The shortlist will be announced on April 22 and the winner will be announced on April 29.

Thirty-three writers from across Canada have been longlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize

A team of writers and editors from across Canada compiled the list. The jury will select the shortlist and the winner from the readers' longlisted selections. The shortlist will be announced on April 22 and the winner will be announced on April 29.


WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words.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

WHEN: The 2021 competition was 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 read the entries and determined the longlist for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of Lee Maracle, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Craig Davidson

WHO WON LAST YEAR? Calgary writer Brenda Damen was the winner of the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize for her story Gibson

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, when it is open to submissions, you can enter here

OTHER PRIZES: The 2021 CBC Poetry Prize is open for submissions until May 31, 2021.

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