To follow up on the contest theme from my previous post about Writer’s Digest’s short story and poetry competitions, I got an email from Scotiabank today about their new “Guess the Giller” contest.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize is one of the top awards for Canadian literary achievement — the award, judged by a jury, goes to the best Canadian novel or collection of short fiction published in English every year. The finalists for the 2008 prize were announced this past Tuesday, and include the following works:
- Joseph Boyden for his novel Through Black Spruce, published by Viking Canada
- Anthony De Sa for his collection of short stories Barnacle Love, published by Doubleday Canada
- Marina Endicott for her novel Good to A Fault, published by Freehand Books/Broadview Press
- Rawi Hage for his novel Cockroach, published by House of Anansi Press
- Mary Swan for her novel The Boys in the Trees, published by Henry Holt/HB Fenn
Scotiabank, the prize’s primary sponsor, is holding a little contest where you can try and guess who’ll win this year’s prize anytime between October 7th and November 10th. The grand prize is a trip for two to one of Canada’s literary festivals, and there are 70 or so second place prizes of autographed shortlisted books or Chapters/Indigo gift cards.
The contest is only open to residents of Canada, unfortunately, but we have enough Canadian authors on Protagonize that I thought it’d be worth mentioning it, anyhow. If anything, at least this’ll give our non-Canadian members a little taste of this year’s crop of Canadian fiction. Enjoy!