January 28, 2019 – (Toronto, Ontario) – Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, today announced the five member jury panel for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Prize.
The 2019 jury members are:
Canadian authors Donna Bailey Nurse and Randy Boyagoda (jury chair), Canadian playwright José Teodoro, Scottish-Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna and Bosnian-American author Aleksandar (Sasha) Hemon.
Some background on the 2019 jury:
Images of the 2019 jurors are available on the media resources page.
Rakuten Kobo has generously donated a Kobo Aura Edition 2 eReader to each member of the 2019 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 presented in St. John’s, Newfoundland in early September and the shortlist announced later in the same month at an event in Toronto. The winner is named at a nationally televised black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in Toronto in November.
Submissions are now being accepted. The 2019 submission package including updated details can be found at scotiabankgillerprize.ca/about/submissions. The first submission deadline for books published between October 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are to be received by February 15, 2019.
About the Prize
The Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. In 2005, the prize teamed up with Scotiabank who increased the winnings 4-fold. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now 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 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