February 12, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, today announced the five member jury panel for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the prize.
The 2018 jury members are:
Canadian writer and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, playwright and VP of advancement for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Maxine Bailey, American writer John Freeman, English novelist Philip Hensher, and Canadian author Heather O’Neill.
Some background on the 2018 jury:
Images of the 2018 jurors are available for download on the media resources page.
Rakuten Kobo has generously donated a Kobo Aura eReader to each member of the 2018 jury panel. The Scotiabank Giller Prize requires publishers to provide digital copies of its submitted titles in addition to print books.
This year’s longlist will be announced at a press event in St. John’s, Newfoundland on September 17 and the shortlist will be announced at a press event in Toronto on October 1. The finalists will be honoured and a winner named at a nationally televised black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in Toronto in November.
Submissions are now being accepted. The 2018 submission package, including new and updated rules and details, can be found at scotiabankgillerprize.ca/submissions The first submission deadline for books published between October 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018 are to be received by February 15, 2018.
About the Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.
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Elana Rabinovitch, Scotiabank Giller Prize
Erin Truax, Scotiabank