Twelve outstanding Canadian authors have been named to the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Kicking off the 30th anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, last year’s winner Suzette Mayr, announced the longlist recently in St. John’s to a crowd of booklovers, authors, and publishers.

The twelve titles were chosen from 145 books submitted by publishers across Canada, an all-time record number of submissions.

The longlist for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize is:

  1. David Bergen for his novel Away From the Dead, published by Goose Lane Editions
  2. Sarah Bernstein for her novel Study For Obedience, published by Knopf Canada
  3. Eleanor Catton for her novel Birnam Wood, published by McClelland & Stewart
  4. Kevin Chong for his novel The Double Life of Benson Yu, published by Simon & Schuster
  5. Nina Dunic for her novel The Clarion, published by Invisible Publishing
  6. Erum Shazia Hasan for her novel We Meant Well, published by ECW Press
  7. Dionne Irving for her short story collection, The Islands: Stories, published by Catapult Press
  8. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer for her novel Wait Softly Brother, published by Wolsak & Wynn
  9. Menaka Raman-Wilms for her novel The Rooftop Garden, published by Nightwood Editions
  10. CS Richardson for his novel All The Colour in the World, published by Knopf Canada
  11. Kasia Van Schaik for her short story collection We Have Never Lived on Earth, published by The University of Alberta Press
  12. Deborah Willis for her novel Girlfriend on Mars, published by Hamish Hamilton
Scotiabank Giller Prize 2023 long list

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2023 Longlist

The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. ET. Watch the live stream on Facebook.

Watch the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize broadcast on Monday, November 13 at 9 p.m. ET (11:30 p.m. AT, 12 a.m. NT) on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service, with a livestream also available on Listeners can tune into a broadcast special on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen. The host will be revealed at the shortlist announcement on October 11, 2023.

About the Prize:

Founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, the Giller Prize is Canada’s leading and most influential literary prize for fiction. The Giller Effect has been recognized industry-wide as one of the top drivers of book sales in Canada. Scotiabank has been title sponsor since 2005. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of Jack Rabinovitch’s wife, the late literary journalist, Doris Giller.