I am delighted to see that Alexander MacLeod is on the 5-member panel to choose the winner. Alexander is the son of Alistair MacLeod and I really enjoyed Alexander's book "Light Lifting" that was nominated for this prize in 2010.
In 1994, the prize was $25,000.00, but that has just been increased to $100,00.00 for the winner and $10,000.00 for each finalist. The five finalists will be announced on October 5 and the final gala announcing the winner will be televised on November 10.
Here is the longlist: