2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Souvankham Thammavongsa
How to Pronounce Knife

2020 Shortlist

The 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its shortlist on Monday, October 5, 2020. The five titles were chosen from a longlist of 14 books announced in St. John’s, NL on September 8, 2020. One hundred and eighteen titles were submitted from publishers across the country.

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2020 Longlist

The 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its longlist on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The 14 titles were chosen from a field of 118 books submitted by publishers all across Canada.

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Of the 2020 longlist, the jury writes:

In this tumultuous year, the jurors took the responsibility bestowed upon us by the Scotiabank Giller Prize most seriously. We were determined to find the most powerful pieces of fiction published this year. And, despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic, we experienced an embarrassment of riches. Exquisite prose has emerged from many parts of Canada and multiple walks of life; and we have filled our months with witty, intense, and achingly beautiful stories. We are proud of the collection of books that has emerged from our lengthy debates; and we believe that this longlist is but one clear reflection of the talent and global relevance of Canadian writers. To the nominees, we offer our sincere gratitude and our heartfelt congratulations.

2020 Jury

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is pleased to announce the award-winning, five-member jury panel for the 2020 Prize.

Claire Armitstead

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David Chariandy

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Tom Rachman

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Eden Robinson

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Mark Sakamoto

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