2019 Student Book-Collecting Contest
Do you love books? Do countless editions of the Harry Potter series fill your shelves? Do you have a growing number of carefully preserved comic books? Have you amassed a collection of Irish travel books, books on Delaware history or a number of entries on the banned books list?
You may be a book collector without realizing it.
This annual book-collecting contest seeks to encourage reading and research, the creation of personal libraries, and the appreciation of printed or illustrated works for pleasure and scholarship.
A collection shares a central focus between its many items and can be based on any number of aspects—author, genre, aesthetic, subject, cover art, etc. Share your collection and enter for a chance to win a cash prize. Applications are due May 15, 2019.
- The contest is open to all University of Delaware students.
- Collections can be on any subject.
- Hardbacks and paperbacks can be included, along with other types of material, such as ephemera, photographs, artworks, manuscripts or playbills.
- The collection does not have to include rare books.
- Collections will be judged on their purpose, meaning, intellectual content, personal connection, coherence and creativity, as well as the submitted application.
To apply, please submit:
- A cover sheet with the title of the collection, your name and your contact details.
- An essay—no more than 3,000 words—exploring the theme, development, personal meaning and contents of the collection.
- A list of all items in the collection, written in a consistent bibliographical style.
Annotated descriptions (1-2 sentences in length) on 10-20 representative items in the collection should indicate points of interest as well as why each of the items is included in the collection.
- A “want list” of 5-10 items you would like to acquire for the collection.
Annotated descriptions (1-2 sentences in length) should explain how the item would enhance the collection.
- Digital images of selected items are not required, but are welcome.
Finalists will be asked to show items from their collections to the judges and make a brief oral presentation.
Please send all questions and application materials to Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow at the UD Library, Museums and Press, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due May 15, 2019.
- First place: $1,000.
The first place winner will be entered in the National Student Book Collecting Contest, which has a top award of $5,000.
- Second place: $500.
The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the University of Delaware Library, an organization dedicated to expanding and enriching the research collections of the UD Library.