Presenting the Winners of the 75th Annual Ohioana Awards!
The first Ohioana Book Award, presented in 1942, was given in the category of nonfiction to James Reston’s Prelude to Victory; Washington is Like That by Willard Kiplinger and The Long Ships Passing by Walter Havighurst received honorable mentions.
In 1943, the first Ohioana Book Awards for juvenile literature and fiction were given to The Great Lakes by Marie Emilie Gilchrist (juvenile) and Bitter Honey by Martin Joseph Freeman (fiction).
The first Ohioana poetry book award was given to Cloth of the Tempest by Kenneth Patchen and the “about Ohio or an Ohioan” book award was given to Ohio Comes of Age by Philip Dillon Jordan in 1944.
In the following years, Ohioana added multiple non-book awards including the Ohioana Career Award, Ohioana Citations, the Ohioana Pegasus Award, the James P. Barry Award for Editorial Excellence, the Helen and Laura Krout Memorial Ohioana Poetry Award, and the Alice Louise Wood Memorial Ohioana Children’s Literature Award. Although many of these non-book awards were suspended in 2011 due to funding cuts, Ohioana continues to give the Ohioana Book Awards for outstanding books published each year in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, and books about Ohio or an Ohioan. We also continue to award the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant each year for a young author (30 years of age or younger) who has not yet published a book. Nomination and entry forms can be found via the links below.