CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize closed for submissions on Oct. 31, 2020 and the finalists will be announced in spring 2021.   


WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words.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. The 2021 Prize is now closed for submissions and the finalists will be announced in spring 2021.  

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 Lee Maracle, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Craig Davidson. You can see the readers for the 2020 prize here.

WHO WON LAST YEAR? Calgary writer Brenda Damen was the winner of the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize for her story Gibson. You can read all the stories shortlisted for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize here.

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 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2021. The 2021 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2021.

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