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59th annual Snyder Book Collection Contest seeks student entries

Monday, January 5, 2015

KU Libraries are now accepting submissions for the 59th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest. All KU students, graduate and undergraduate, are eligible to enter.

The collection contest was established by Elizabeth Snyder in 1957 to cultivate and recognize students' interest in collecting books. In recent years, additions to the rules have been made to accept digital objects and non-print materials for submission as collections or in addition to books.

The contest features $1,100 in cash awards for both graduate and undergraduate divisions. Each year, the awards are provided through the Snyder Book Collection Contest fund, which is managed by KU Endowment. In addition, each winner will receive a gift card from contest co-sponsor Jayhawk Ink, a division of KU Bookstore. Based on entries, first place, second place and honorable mentions are possible in each division.

Snyder’s 2014 graduate division winner, Katya Soll, advanced to the national competition where she earned the top award in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. In October, Soll, a Spanish doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas from St. Louis, traveled to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where she accepted a $2,500 prize and an additional $1,000 prize for KU Libraries.

The entry deadline for the 2015 competition is 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, and the awards ceremony will take place April 16 at 3:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a reception and opportunity to view student collections before the awards ceremony. To RSVP for the reception, contact Rachel Karwas at or 785-864-8961. Visit the Snyder Contest site to learn more about contest rules and resources.

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