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Previouswinners

Will Ferguson 2012

Will Ferguson was a well-known writer who made a name for himself with humorous stories about travel and Canadian identity. But it was his dark,...

Esi Edugyan 2011

Esi Edugyan's second novel, Half-Blood Blues, was chosen from a field of six exceptionally strong novels, including former winner Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table...

Johanna Skibsrud 2010

Johanna Skibsrud first started working on her debut novel The Sentimentalists while finishing her master of arts degree at Concordia University. Five years later, at...

Linden MacIntyre 2009

Prior to 2009, Linden MacIntyre was arguably best known for being a veteran CBC investigative reporter and show host. But after this one evening, he...

Joseph Boyden 2008

In 2008, Joseph Boyden cemented his status as a rising literary star in Canada when his second novel Through Black Spruce was awarded that year's...

Elizabeth Hay 2007

Ottawa writer and former CBC Radio journalist Elizabeth Hay was part of a particularly formidable shortlist in 2007 that included former winners M.G. Vassanji (a...

Vincent Lam 2006

In 2002, Vincent Lam was a young doctor serving on an Arctic cruise ship. One day, he had a chance encounter with the literary guest...

David Bergen 2005

In 2005, the literary prize named in honour of Doris Giller reached a sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank. Now officially known as the Scotiabank Giller Prize,...

Alice Munro 2004

One year after M.G. Vassanji became the first repeat Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, Alice Munro became the second. Her short story collection Runaway was described by...

M. G. Vassanji 2003

M.G. Vassanji made history when he won the inaugural Giller Prize in 1994 for The Book of Secrets. Nearly a decade later, he made history...

Austin Clarke 2002

The prolific Austin Clarke put in a lifetime of hard work before his 2002 Giller win, having written five short story collections and nine novels...

Richard B. Wright 2001

Richard B. Wright is another writer for whom the second time was the charm. He was a Giller finalist in 1995 for The Age of...

Michael Ondaatje and David Adams Richards - 2000

In an unprecedented outcome, the 2000 jury (Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, and Jane Urquhart) ultimately couldn't choose between finalists Michael Ondaatje for Anil's Ghost and...

Bonnie Burnard 1999

Ontario-born novelist Bonnie Burnard served on two Scotiabank Giller Prize juries before winning the prize herself in 1999 for In A Good House. Her book...

Alice Munro 1998

Ontario-born Alice Munro's The Love of a Good Woman became the first short story collection to the win the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The competition was...

Mordecai Richler 1997

Montreal's Mordecai Richler served on the jury of the inaugural Giller Prize. Three years later, he himself became a recipient of the literary award for...

Margaret Atwood 1996

The iconic Margaret Atwood won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Alias Grace, the tale of a 16-year-old housemaid accused in the double murder...

M.G. Vassanji 1994

The honour of winning the first ever Giller Prize went to Kenyan-born M.G. Vassanji, who was in his mid-40s at the time. His novel The...

Rohinton Mistry 1995

In the second year of the Giller Prize, Mumbai-born Rohinton Mistry won for his novel A Fine Balance, which follows four characters through a tumultuous...