WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories up to 2500 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

WHEN: The competition is open for submissions from Sept. 1, 2021 to Oct. 31, 2021.
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.
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 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 2022 jury, which has not yet been announced.
WHO WON LAST YEAR?  Corrina Chong won the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize for Kids in Kindergarten. You can read all the stories shortlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize here.
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SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit in French, you must log in to the French site at
OTHER PRIZES: The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2022. The 2022 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2022.

CBC Literary Prizes