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62nd Annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest accepting submissions

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

KU Libraries are now accepting submissions for the 62nd annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest. All KU students—graduate and undergraduate—are eligible and encouraged to enter.

In 1957, Elizabeth Snyder established a book-collecting contest 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 Collecting 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.

An event to honor contestants and award recipients will take place on Wednesday, April 11 on the west end of Watson Library’s third floor. The presentation of awards will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception with food and drink.

The entry deadline for the 2018 competition is midnight on Sunday, February 25.

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.

In the past, contestants from KU have advanced to the national competition and earned the top awards and prizes. The 2017 winners were Elizabeth Wenger, who placed first in the undergraduate division with her collection “Defeating Isolation Through Queer Literature.” Second place was awarded to the collection prepared by Reece Rogers, titled “American Socialist Literature and Printed Ephemera.” Aubrey Burgess received honorable mention for her collection, “Design Hunger.”

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

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