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2023 Ohioana Award Results Bring Literary Honors to Authors

The Ohioana Library announced the winners of the 2023 Ohioana Awards, including seven book awards and the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant.

First given in 1942, the Ohioana Book Awards are the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the nation. Nearly every major writer from Ohio in the past 82 years has been honored, from James Thurber to Toni Morrison.

Six of the Ohioana Book Award winners were selected by juries. The Readers’ Choice Award was determined by voters in a public online poll, with more than 2,000 votes cast this year.

Ohioana Book Awards

Below are the 2023 Ohioana Book Award winners. Click on the title to learn more about the author and their winning book.

Nonfiction: Ross Gay, Inciting Joy

Fiction: Celeste Ng, Our Missing Hearts

Poetry: Saeed Jones, Alive at the End of the World

About Ohio or an Ohioan: Kelcey Ervick, The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women’s Lives

Middle Grade/Young Adult: Jasmine Warga, A Rover’s Story

Juvenile: Marcy Campbell, The More You Give

Readers’ Choice: John Scalzi, The Kaiju Preservation Society

Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

The Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant is a competitive prize. Named for Ohioana’s second director and given since 1982, the Marvin Grant is awarded to an Ohio writer age 30 or younger who has not yet published a book. The 2023 Marvin Grant winner is Kortney Morrow. Kortney spent her early years making up stories, and she never stopped. Her writing has been featured or is forthcoming in The Academy of American PoetsObsidianPrairie Schooner, and Transition Magazine. When she’s not writing, you can find her daydreaming on her front porch. Kortney lives in Cleveland, where she was born and raised. Her winning entry will appear in this fall’s Ohioana Quarterly.

Award Ceremony

The 2023 Ohioana Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 pm in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. We’ll have more information about the event and how to get tickets in our August Newsletter.
For more information, visit ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-awards/.

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