CBC Literary Prizes

Stephen Collis, Dionne Brand and Kaie Kellough to judge 2020 CBC Poetry Prize

The winner will receive $6,000, will attend a two-week writing residency in Banff and will have their work published on CBC Books. Submissions are open until May 31, 2020.
From left: Stephen Collis, Dionne Brand and Kaie Kellough. They will judge the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize. (Kyle Cong Photography/Jason Chow/Melissa-Anne Cobbler)

Stephen Collis, Dionne Brand and Kaie Kellough will judge the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize.

The CBC Poetry Prize recognizes original, unpublished Canadian poetry. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will have their work published on CBC Books.

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

The deadline to submit is May 31, 2020. If you're interested in entering, you can do that here.

Stephen Collis is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Commons, On the Material, Once in Blockadia and Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten. In 2019, he was awarded the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize, which honours a poet for their body of work. He lives near Vancouver and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist. Brand won both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Trillium Book Prize for her volume Land to Light OnHer book of poetry, Ossuaries won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her latest books are The Blue Clerk, an essay poem which won the 2019 Trillium Book Award and Theory, a novel, which won the Bocas Fiction prize.

She was poet laureate of Toronto and is a member of the Order of Canada.

Kaie Kellough is a poet, sound performer and fiction writer based in Montreal. His latest works are the poetry collection Magnetic Equator and Dominoes at the Crossroads, a short story collection. His debut novel, Accordéon, was a 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award finalist. Magnetic Equator won the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.

The jury will select the shortlist and winner. The finalists will be announced in fall 2020.

Last year's winner was Alycia Pirmohamed for her collection of poems, Love Poem with Elk and Punctuation, Prairie Storm and Tasbih. You can read the entire shortlist here.

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

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