Canadian Writing Contests


With the deadline approaching for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize, I thought I would share the contest details for any fiction writers that may be reading and interested in entering.

Here is some information taken from the CBC Literary Prizes page, complete with links to the rules and regulations and submission page. Good luck!

Ends on October 31, 2017
WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories between 1200 and 1800 words. 

**Please note that as of the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize, the rules regarding how we determine word count have been modified. Please visit our rules and regulations or our FAQ for details.**

WHEN: The competition is open for submissions from Sept. 1, 2017 to Oct. 31, 2017.

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.

Read the rules and regulations before submitting to the CBC Short Story Prize »

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.

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

WANT HELP? Subscribe to the CBC Short Story Prize newsletter for writing tips and inspiration.

OTHER PRIZES: The 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2018. The 2018 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2018.

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  1. Pls,pls,pls an address to MAIL my submission, it goes around in circles, please an address, you know, a post office address??????


    1. The address and submission details are under the Rules and Regulations section on their website ( I’m pasting the mailing address here but you’ll need to get the details on what to include with your submission there, if you haven’t already done that. Good luck! The address is:

      CBC Literary Prizes
      Category: (please insert your category here)
      CBC Radio
      P.O. Box 6000
      Montreal, Quebec
      H3C 3A8


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