To encourage students to discover the great pleasures and satisfaction of book collecting, the ASU Libraries are sponsoring a book collecting and essay contest. The contest is open to all ASU undergraduate and graduate students. Cash prizes of up to $600 will be awarded for the best collection and the best essay in both categories. The deadline for submissions is Friday February 8, 2013 at 5pm.
Entries will be judged on the extent to which the collection represents a well-defined field of interest – either focused on the works of one author or on a particular subject. For full contest details, including application forms and instructions, please see the Student Book Collecting Web page at lib.asu.edu/bookcontest.
You can read more about the contest in this State Press article from October 2011, which features an interview with a winner from the 2010 contest.
In addition to this contest, the ABAA, Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America sponsors a national Collegiate Book Collecting Championship with a top prize of $2,500. First Prize winners of the ASU Libraries Student Book Contest will automatically be eligible enter this contest if those entries meet the criteria of the collegiate national championship contest.
Have questions about if your collection qualifies? Check the Book Contest FAQ at lib.asu.edu/bookcontest#faq or email ASULib.BookContest@asu.edu.