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60th Annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest accepting submissions

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

KU Libraries are accepting submissions for the 60th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest. All KU students, graduate and undergraduate are eligible and encouraged to enter.

Elizabeth Snyder established the collection contest 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 $1,900 in total cash awards for both graduate and undergraduate division recipients. 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.

The entry deadline for the 2016 competition is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19. An event to honor contestants and award recipients will take place on Thursday, April 14 on the west end of Watson Library’s third floor. The presentation of awards will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a donor reception with food and drink. The ceremony concludes with remarks at 6:30 p.m. from Whitney Terrell, an English professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Elizabeth Snyder’s nephew.

First place entries in each division will also be eligible for entry into the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, with a top prize of $2,500.

Visit the Snyder Contest site to learn more about contest rules and resources.

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