CBC Literary Prizes

Kim Fu, Norma Dunning and Steven Price to judge 2023 CBC Short Story Prize

The winner will receive $6,000, a two-week writing residency and have their work published on CBC Books. The deadline is Oct. 31, 2022.

The winner will receive $6,000, a two-week writing residency and have their work published on CBC Books

Kim Fu, left, Steven Price, centre, and Norma Dunning will be judging the 2023 CBC Short Story Prize. (L. D'Alessandro, Centric Photography, submitted by Norma Dunning)

Kim Fu, Norma Dunning and Steven Price will judge the 2023 CBC Short Story Prize.

The CBC Short Story Prize recognizes original, unpublished fiction up to 2,500 words. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point and have their work published on CBC Books.

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

The 2023 CBC Short Story Prize is open for submissions until Oct. 31, 2022. The finalists will be announced in spring 2023.

Kim Fu is the author of the short story collection Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, which is on the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Fu's first novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Fu's writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, BOMB, Hazlitt and the TLS. Born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver, Fu now lives in Seattle.

Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer as well as a scholar, researcher, professor and grandmother. Her latest short story collection, Tainna: The Unseen Ones, won the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. Her previous short story collection, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Howard O'Hagan Award for short stories and the Bronze Foreword Indies Award for short stories. Her next book, Kinauvit?: What's Your Name? The Eskimo Disc System and a Daughter's Search for her Grandmotherwill be published this fall. Dunning lives in Edmonton.

Steven Price is the author of Lampedusa, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the B.C. Book Prize. His previous novels include By Gaslight, which was longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Into that Darkness. He has also written two poetry books, Anatomy of Keys, which won the Gerald Lampert Award, and Omens in the Year of the Ox, which won the ReLit Award. He is aso the author of historical fantasy Ordinary Monsters, written under the name J M Miro.

A panel of established writers and editors from across Canada review the submissions to determine the longlist. The jury will select the shortlist and winner. 

LISTEN | Past CBC Literary Prize finalist Nada Alic offers advice to aspiring writers:

We speak with author Nada Alic, who was shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize in 2019. She talks about what being part of that process helped her discover and about her published collection of short stories.

Last year's winner was Montreal writer Chanel M. Sutherland for her story Beneath the Softness of Snow

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The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.​

The 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January. The 2023 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April.

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