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KU Libraries accepting submissions for 61st annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest

Monday, February 6, 2017

KU Libraries are accepting submissions for the 61st 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 $1,100 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 2017 competition is midnight on Friday, February 26.

An event to honor contestants and award recipients will take place on Thursday, April 13 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.

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.

Snyder’s 2016 graduate division winner, Megan Jones, advanced to the national competition where she earned second place in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. In October, Jones, a master’s student in the Department of English at KU, traveled to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where she accepted a $1,000 prize and an additional $500 prize for KU Libraries.

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

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