CBC Literary Prizes

David Bezmozgis, Alix Hawley and Rawi Hage to judge 2020 CBC Short Story Prize

The winner will receive $6,000, a two-week writing residency and will have their work published on CBC Books.
From left: David Bezmozgis, Alix Hawley, and Rawi Hage. They will judge the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize. (David Franco, Mike Hawley, Babak Salari)

David Bezmozgis, Alix Hawley and Rawi Hage are the judges for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize.

The CBC Short Story Prize recognizes unpublished Canadian fiction.

The winning author will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books

Four finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

The 2020 CBC Short Story Prize is open until Oct. 31, 2019. The finalists will be announced in the spring.

If you'd like to submit to the Prix de la nouvelle Radio-Canada, you can enter here.

David Bezmozgis is the author of the story collections Natasha and Other Stories and Immigrant City and the novels The Free World and The Betrayers. He has been nominated multiple times for the Governor General's Literary Award and is currently on the shortlist for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Immigrant City. 

Bezmozgis has also written and directed two feature films, Victoria Day and Natasha. He served on the writing staff for the final season of BBC America's Orphan Black. Born in Riga, Latvia, he lives in Toronto, where he directs the Humber School for Writers.

Alix Hawley's first novel, All True Not a Lie In It, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won both the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her first book, the story collection The Old Familiar, was longlisted for the ReLit award.

In 2017, she won the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize for Witching. She was also a CBC Short Story Prize finalist in 2012 and 2014. Her story Pig (For Oma) won the 2014 Bloodlines memoir contest. Her most recent book is the novel My Name is a Knife. Hawley lives in Kelowna, B.C.

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war during the 1970s and 1980s. He immigrated to Canada in 1992 and now lives in Montreal. His first novel, De Niro's Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for the best English-language book published anywhere in the world in a given year. It was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.

His novel Cockroach won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novel Carnival was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel, Beirut Hellfire Society, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Last year's winner was Krzysztof Pelc for Green Velvet. You can read the entire 2019 shortlist here.

The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979.

Other past winners include Michael OndaatjeMichael Winter and Frances Itani.

The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2020. The 2020 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2020.


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