Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Doubles This Year! 8 Previous Winners To Read Now

The purse is now $50,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the finalists. The shortlist of five nominees will be announced Sept. 27.

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There’s big news in Canadian letters today: The purse for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize doubles this year, with $50,000 going to the winner and $5,000 going to each of the finalists. (Previously, the grand prize was $25,000, with runners up winning $2,500 each.) The award is in its 21st year (Chatelaine celebrated its 20th anniversary by polling past winners about their picks for must-read Canadian literature), and has honoured some of this country’s best-known authors, including Miriam Toews, Emma Donoghue and Alice Munro. Below, we revisit eight spectacular titles that have taken the prize in the past.

This year’s five nominees will be announced on Sept. 27, and the winner will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio on Nov. 14.