- WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished poem or poetry collection.
WHEN: Submission period is open from April 1, 2023 to May 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada
HOW: Your text must be submitted in Word or Wordpad and be submitted anonymously: the name of the entrant must not appear anywhere on the text to ensure the objectivity of the jury.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner receives $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 Artscape Gibraltar Point. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.
WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can write a poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.
WHO WON LAST YEAR: Bren Simmers has won the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize for her poetry collection Spell World Backwards. You can read all the poems shortlisted for the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize here.
SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit in French, you must log in to the French site at prixlitterairesrc.submittable.com
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OTHER PRIZES: The 2024 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September and the 2024 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January.
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