WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories up to 2000 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.  

WHEN: Submission period is open from January 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada

HOW: Submit online by clicking the "submit" link below. If you are unable to complete the online submission, please contact for assistance.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

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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 10-day 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 shortlist and winner will be decided by the 2021 jury: Jenny Heijun Wills, Tim Cook and a third TBD.

SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit in French, you must log in to the French site at

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OTHER PRIZES: The 2021 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2021.


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