CBC Literary Prizes

CBC Short Story Prize

Krzysztof Pelc won the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize for Green Velvet. The 2020 prize will open in September 2019.

Krzysztof Pelc won the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize for Green Velvet

The 2019 finalists were:

The 2020 prize will open in September 2019.


WHAT: You can submit original, unpublished fiction that is up to 2500 words.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

WHEN: The competition will be next open for submissions from Sept. 1, 2019 to Oct. 31, 2019.

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 story 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 story published on CBC Books.

WHO IS JUDGING? A team of readers from across Canada will read the entries and determine the longlist. The 2019 jury is comprised of Esi Edugyan, Iain Reid and Lisa Moore. They will select the shortlist and the winner.

WHO WON LAST YEAR? Leah Mol won the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize for Lipstick Day. You can read all the stories shortlisted for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize here.

WANT HELP? Subscribe to the CBC Short Story Prize newsletter for writing tips and support along the way. 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 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2019. The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2019. 

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