Submissions

Submission Package

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2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Submissions (~100K)

Entry Form

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2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Entry Form (~65K)

If you are a Canadian publisher and interested in submitting an entry for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, please review the highlights of the submission package below. You can download the complete submission requirements in PDF format by clicking on the links to the right on this page.

  • Submissions for the Scotiabank Giller Prize may only be sent in by Publishers as outlined in the Details and Rules of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
  • The Scotiabank Giller Prize presents $100,000 (Cdn) to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists.
  • To be eligible, a book must be a first-edition full length novel or short story collection, written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Books must be published in Canada in English between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 to be eligible for the 2016 Prize.
  • No self-published books shall be eligible.
  • The decision of the judges as to whether a book is eligible shall be binding.
  • The final deadline for receipt of submissions for 2016 is August 15, 2016.

E-book Submissions

  • E-book submissions are encouraged, providing the book is also published in material-bound form. Publishers are asked to provide e-books in addition to material-bound books wherever possible.
  • Both formats must be submitted and published within two weeks of each other to be eligible.

Details and Rules for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

For inquiries, please contact Michelle Kadarusman at michelle@scotiabankgillerprize.ca.

1. THE PRIZE

  1. The Scotiabank Giller Prize presents $100,000 (Cdn) to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best Canadian full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation.

  2. If a translation is shortlisted, the author will receive $7,000, the translator $3,000. In the event that a translation wins, $70,000 will be awarded to the author and $30,000 will be awarded to the translator.

  3. The Giller Prize, named for the late literary journalist Doris Giller, was founded in her honour by her husband, Jack Rabinovitch. The Prize was first awarded in 1994.

  4. The Giller Prize partnered with Scotiabank in 2005. The purse increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and the prize was re-branded the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2008 the purse grew to $70,000 and doubled to $140,000 in 2014.

2. THE JURY

  1. Each year, an appointed jury panel will be responsible for compiling a longlist of typically not less than 10 and not more than 12 titles, and a subsequent shortlist of typically not less than three and not more than five of the outstanding books, submitted to the Scotiabank Giller Prize. From the shortlist, the jury panel will be responsible for selecting one winner.

  2. The jury vows not to divulge or discuss any of the books submitted for the prize with anyone outside of the jury panel. The jury panel agrees to discuss the books under consideration only with their fellow jurors.

  3. The jury panel will pick the best books without any consideration given to publisher, geography, gender or ethnicity.

3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. To be eligible, a book must be a first-edition, full length novel or short story collection, written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

  2. Collections of previously published work are not eligible. Any story collections containing work previously published in book form will not be eligible unless the number of new stories outweighs the number of previously published ones.

  3. To be eligible, a book must be published in English, either originally or in translation. (In the case of a translation, the original work must be Canadian-authored).

  4. Books must be published in Canada in English between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Previous publication of a book in another language or in another country does not disqualify it. In the case of a translation, the original authored book must be published no more than five years prior to its English translation.

  5. No entry shall be ineligible because its author has won either the Giller Prize or any other prize previously.

  6. All books/e-books must carry an ISBN number and be available for sale in retail/book stores across Canada. Books that are available by print-on-demand only or online sales only are ineligible.

  7. No self-published books shall be eligible (that is, titles authored by any senior officer of the book’s publishing firm and/or books underwritten in part or in whole by the author).

  8. No YA (young adult) books shall be eligible.

  9. E-book submissions are encouraged, providing the book is also published in material-bound form. Both formats must be submitted and published within two weeks of each other to be eligible. Please send e-books as PDF files.

  10. The decision of the judges as to whether a book is eligible shall be binding.

  11. The Scotiabank Giller Prize does not accept posthumous submissions.

4. CONDITIONS OF THE PRIZE

Any eligible book which is entered for the Scotiabank Giller Prize shall not qualify for the award unless its publisher agrees:

  1. that if a book is shortlisted, to pay $1,500 to the prize as a contribution towards shortlist advertising and promotion.

  2. to secure a signed commitment from the author, at the time a book is longlisted, to ensure the finalist agrees, that:

    if their book is shortlisted, there is an understanding, agreement and fulfilled obligation on the part of the publisher and author that there will be a series of events highlighting and promoting the shortlisted author, in addition to the gala, that the author is committed to attending and taking part in all events.

    if their book is shortlisted, the publisher and author agree, in a timely fashion, and before the above-mentioned events are underway, to sign approximately 750 copies of their book, all of which will be purchased from the publisher by Scotiabank for internal distribution.

  3. to spend an appropriate sum on media advertising for the winning book.

  4. to prepare and encourage its nominated and/or winning author(s) to participate in all reasonable publicity associated with the Scotiabank Giller Prize, including interviews, readings and appearances.

  5. to use their best efforts to sticker copies of the shortlisted and/or winning book(s) on all subsequent reprints with the Scotiabank Giller Prize seals (to be provided by the prize) and, when including facsimiles of the Scotiabank Giller Prize seal on all reprints of the shortlisted and/or winning book(s), to secure the prior approval of the prize with respect to artwork.

  6. All publishers will be required to sign a permissions agreement for books submitted to the Scotiabank Giller Prize granting the Scotiabank Giller Prize the right to authorize a Canadian publisher of its choice permission to reproduce, non-exclusively within Canada, an excerpt, chapter or short story from the works of your authors who are nominated for or named the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for use in any Scotiabank Giller Prize anthology or anthologies. Publishers will receive a one-time fee as compensation for such permission.

  7. to comply with rule 5k.

5. SUBMISSION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINES

  1. Publishers are asked to provide e-books as PDF files in addition to material-bound books wherever possible. Publishers may enter up to three full-length novels, or short story collections, per imprint. All titles most be scheduled for publication between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

  2. In addition to those three entries (per imprint), publishers may submit books by authors who have previously won the Giller Prize or The Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.

  3. Entries (finished books or galleys, no loose pages) are to be submitted according to the following schedule:

    • Books published between October 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016 must be received on or before February 15, 2016.
    • Books published between March 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016 must be received on or before April 15, 2016.
    • Books published between May 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 must be received on or before June 15, 2016.
    • Books published between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016 must be received on or before August 15, 2016.
  4. Books received after the final deadline of August 15, 2016 will not be eligible.

  5. The Scotiabank Giller Prize requests that publishers submit a list of all eligible fiction scheduled for publication between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. ALL titles on the eligible fiction list will be included in the annual Crazy for CanLit digital feature at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca. The eligible fiction list should include ALL eligible books, however please highlight the titles intended for submission.

    The eligible fiction list must be sent by the third deadline of June 15, 2016, or the eligible titles will not be included in the annual Crazy for CanLit feature.

    The eligible fiction list must include title, imprint, author and date of publication. Also please arrange to send jpeg(s) of book cover art via Dropbox or other large file transfer service.

  6. The Scotiabank Giller Prize may, at any time, call in a book, even if that book has not been submitted as an eligible title. In that event, the publisher will be required to complete an entry form, sign and submit the entry form along and comply with all other Rules and Regulations.

  7. Except for call-in’s, receipt of eligible submissions will be acknowledged in writing by the prize. If a submission has not been acknowledged by the prize, the submitted title has not been received / or is deemed ineligible.

  8. No book entered or called in will be returned to publishers.

  9. Seven copies of each (hard copy) entry must be submitted to:

    The Scotiabank Giller Prize
    Michelle Kadarusman
    543 Logan Ave
    Toronto, ON
    M4K 3B6
    michelle@scotiabankgillerprize.ca

    ***You must authorize couriers to leave boxes with ‘no signature required’ inside gate***
    Beware Canada Post who will not leave packages without a signature; the prize is not responsible for picking up boxes at postal station outlets.

    Each entry must be accompanied by the signed submission form, a current author biography and an electronic image of the author sent by e-mail that can be reproduced for use in print and online at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca

  10. If the submission is in the form of galleys, ARC’s, uncorrected proofs, etc, only five copies are to be submitted to the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Two copies of the finished book must be received by the prize (c/o Michelle Kadarusman at the address above) by September 15, 2016 and must be confirmed for publication on or before September 30, 2016.

  11. Two copies of each shortlisted book, ideally in folded and collated form, should be retained by the publisher. These must be delivered to a designated bookbinder as soon as the shortlist has been announced. The Scotiabank Giller Prize will supply shortlisted publishers with the name and address of the bookbinder to which copies must be sent. The prize will bear the cost of leather binding the book as a special gift to each finalist author.

6. FINALISTS

  1. A longlist of finalists will be announced with a press release in early September, 2016. A shortlist of finalists will be announced at a news conference at the beginning of October. National publicity promoting the prize and the shortlisted authors will begin at that announcement and continue until the winner is declared.

  2. The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced at a gala ceremony in Toronto on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. So that all shortlisted authors may attend that ceremony, the prize will bear the cost of travel and overnight accommodation for authors who live outside the greater Toronto area.

  3. The jury panel will select the longlist, shortlist and the winner in private deliberations immediately preceding each announcement. Publishers should be aware that they will receive no advance notice of the finalists or the winner.

7. FURTHER INFORMATION

All inquiries should be directed to:

Michelle Kadarusman
Submissions and Marketing Manager
Scotiabank Giller Prize
Phone : 647.897.6017
E-mail: michelle@scotiabankgillerprize.ca