Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014 longlist revealed

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Twelve Canadian writers are contending for what has undoubtedly become the richest fiction prize in Canada - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In a major announcement from Montreal Tuesday morning, prize founder Jack Rabinovitch said that, beginning this year, the cash awards would double. The winner will now receive $100,000, up from $50,000, and the remaining finalists will receive $10,000, up from $5,000.

"Canadian storytellers deserve this recognition," Rabinovitch said in a statement.

He established the prize in 1994 (then worth $25,000 for the winner) in honour of his late wife, literary editor Doris Giller.

"I can hardly imagine what Doris would say," he added. 

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted books are: 

You can learn more about the longlisted books at CBC Books' special Scotiabank Giller Prize page.

The jury described the longlisted writers as being "brave enough to change public discourse" and said they have contributed "literary achievements we feel will touch and even transform you."

CBC News in Montreal was at the longlist reveal. You can watch a report in the video clip below.

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The shortlisted authors will be unveiled on Monday, Oct. 6. The winner will be revealed at the annual Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, which will air on CBC Television on Monday, Nov. 10.