CBC Literary Prizes
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The CBC Literary Prizes have existed since 1979. In 2001, the award was given new energy and higher profile, with the addition of enRoute magazine to the existing partnership between CBC / Radio Canada and Canada Council for the Arts. These awards give writers high visibility with Canadian readers from coast to coast. The competition is “blind”, meaning that the jury members do not know the writers’ names until after the adjudication process is complete.
The awards are given annually in Canada’s two official languages in each of three categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. First Prize is $6,000; non-winning finalists in each category receive $1,000. The long list of winners represents a Who’s Who of Canadian writers over the past two decades.
Canada Council provides the funding for the prizes; CBC/SRC broadcasts the announcement of the winners as well as readings of excerpts of the winning works; enRoute publishes the winning texts in a number of issues and the Grand Prize winner receives a two-week writing residency at The Banff Centre.
- Creative Nonfiction Prize: 1 February
- Poetry Prize: 1 May
- Short Story Prize: 1 November