CBC Literary Prizes

The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open

You could win $6,000, attend a two-week writing residency in Banff and have your story published on CBC Books.
The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29, 2020. (Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash)

The 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions.

You have until Feb. 29, 2020 to submit your original, unpublished work of nonfiction, up to 2,000 words.


The winner 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 win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

You may submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing or a feature article. The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.

Submissions are read by a panel of established writers and editors from across the country. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.

Need motivation to get you going? Subscribe below to the CBC Nonfiction Prize newsletter. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Nonfiction Prize is open.

Want even more support? Join our Canada Writes Facebook group, where you can connect with writers from across Canada.

If you'd like to submit to the Prix du récit Radio-Canada, you can enter here.

Jenny Boychuk won the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize for Slow Violence. You can read all the 2019 shortlisted stories here.

The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.

Have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions or email us at canadawrites@cbc.ca.


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