Calling all poets! The CBC Poetry Prize is now open

The 2021 CBC Poetry Prize is now open.

You have until May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished poem or collection of poems.

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.

Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

You may submit an unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length.

There is no minimum word requirement. The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.

Submissions are read by a panel of established writers and editors from across the country. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.

Last year’s winner was Matthew Hollett for his poem Tickling the Scar.

Let’s Go8:59Montreal poet wins 2020 CBC Poetry Prize

If you live in Montreal, you have most likely walked along the Lachine Canal at some point. Throughout the pandemic, it’s been a spot where many people have gone to exercise, get fresh air and meet up with friends. A Montreal poet has just won the the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize for his poem about the Lachine Canal. It’s call Tickling the Scar. We speak with the author of the poem, Matthew Hollett. 8:59

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The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.​

The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September. The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January.

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Hollet wrote his award-winning poem Tickling the Scar while walking along the Lachine Canal in the early days of the pandemic. 2:21

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