Book Collecting Contest
Read about previous winners!
Be inspired by the last award winner – read all about his collection in this article from the TRAIL.
The aim of this competition is to encourage full-time students at Puget Sound to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives, to appreciate the special qualities of printed or illustrated works, and to read, research and preserve the collected works for pleasure and scholarship. Collections can be on any subject and this contest is open to all full time students. The contest is offered every other year.
The Book Club of Washington generously funds cash awards for student winner. Applications will be due March 26, 2015. No late entries are accepted. All applicants are invited to a reception at the Collins Memorial Library in mid-April.
There are two cash awards. $750 to a single collector and $500 for best essay.
A third award of $250, sponsored by the Collins Library, will be offered in 2015.
What is a collection?
- A collection consists of items that a student has come to own as a consequence of developing a particular interest, which may be academic or not. A collection may consist of all books or a combination of books and other formats. For example, a collection focusing on a dramatist might include a playbill or poster associated with a performance. A collection on birds might include illustrations or a collection representing geography may include maps. For this contest, a collection consists of no more than 30 items of which the majority should be books, but related materials such as photographs, illustrations, maps, ephemera, CDs, music scores, posters etc. may be included. Collections can be on any topics. Subjects can be contemporary or historical and may stress bibliographical features such as bindings, printing processes, type, editions, illustrations, etc. Comic books and graphic novels will be accepted. Collections of ephemera alone if of historical interest will be accepted. Current textbooks should not be part of a collection, but historical textbooks may be included.
- If you seek additional information or advice about book collecting, members of the Book Club of Washington are more than happy to consult with applicants. You can find more information about the Book Club of Washington web site, or contact Jane Carlin.
Your application package consists of the following:
- A 2-4 page essay (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME & EMAIL ON THE ESSAY) describing how and why the collection as a whole was assembled.
- A bibliography of the collection, with each individual title numbered and annotated. The annotations should reflect the importance of each item to the collection as a whole.
- An annotated “wish list” of up to five other book titles that you would like to add in the future to complete or enhance your existing collection.
- A completed 2015 application form.
- Digital images of items in the collection including five representative books. Please note that the judges may wish to see up to at least five of the books in your collection. Please be prepared to share the books if requested.
Criteria for Evaluation
- Must state a clear purpose of the collection
- The extent to which the collection represents the stated purpose.
- Evidence of creativity in building the collection.
- Originality, innovation and uniqueness.
- Quality of the collector’s essay describing the collection.
- Appropriate and complete citations with meaningful annotations. Citation style must be consistent, but can follow any style format (e.g. MLA, APA).
- Must submit digital images of items in the collection
Links to other book collecting contest sites:
Fine Print Magazine
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
Washington University in St. Louis
Arizona State University
Contact Jane Carlin, Library Director, for additional information at email@example.com