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About the Ottawa Book Awards

Since 1985, the Ottawa Book Awards have recognized the top English and French books published in the previous year. Both languages have categories for fiction and non-fiction. All shortlisted finalists receive $1,000 and each winner receives a prize of $7,500. 

Celebrate the talent and creativity of our authors past and present, and applaud their remarkable achievements on the world’s literary stage.

Announcement of 2023 finalists

You can watch readings by the authors at

Announcement of 2023 winners

Winners of the 2023 Ottawa Book Awards will be revealed during an awards ceremony at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 7:00 p.m

Additionally, the following awards will be presented at the ceremony:

A special thank you to our partner, the Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.