Oregon Book Awards

Honoring Oregon’s writers and independent publishers through public recognition and financial support.

Literary Arts’ Oregon Book Awards program honors the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, graphic literature, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers.

Applications for 2021 Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships will open in late August, 2020.

“The Oregon Book Awards Ceremony is a reminder that contemporary literature is vital to culture, a way to help us expand and deepen our worldviews.”

Lysley Tenorio, 2017 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony Host


Monday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m | OPB Radio
Join Literary Arts for a special episode of THE ARCHIVE PROJECT on OPB Radio announcing the winners of the 2020 Oregon Book Awards.


Oregon Book Awards Author Tour

In addition to financial support, the program produces the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour to connect local writers and literary organizations in all parts of Oregon. Each year, Oregon Book Awards finalists and winners travel to towns across Oregon for readings, school visits, and free writing workshops.

Apply for the Oregon Book Awards

Submit your published books to our yearly competition. Awards are available for original work published or produced by an Oregon resident.

Applications for the 2021 Oregon Book Awards will be available in August 2020.

Special Awards Nominations

Nominate an individual who has made significant contributions to Oregon’s literary culture.

Nominations for the 2021 Special Awards will be available in July 2020

Award Winners and Finalists: 



Literary Nonfiction Awards

Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama


Young Reader Awards

Readers Choice

Special Awards:

Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award

Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award

Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award

Other Special Award Recipients:

Brian Booth Writers’ Fund

The Brian Booth Writers’ Fund is an endowment of Literary Arts and is managed by the Oregon Community Foundation. The Fund provides an ongoing, annual source of support for the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which in turn provide financial support and public recognition to some of Oregon’s most talented writers. Make your investment in the creative future of Oregon today.

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