Okay, so you didn’t win 1.5 billion dollars in the recent Powerball drawing, but you still have the chance to turn your love of books into a nice little rainy day fund. This year KU Libraries is celebrating the 6oth anniversary of the Snyder Book Collecting Contest. To help mark this banner year, the contest will offer even larger prizes than usual.
Winners will be selected in both graduate and undergraduate divisions, with the following cash awards:
- First Prize: $1000
- Second Prize: $600
- Honorable Mention: $300
Each winner will also receive a gift card in the following amounts from contest co-sponsor Jayhawk Ink, a division of KU Bookstore:
- First Prize: $200
- Second Prize: $100
- Honorable Mention: $50
Start combing your shelves, though, since entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 14th, 2016.
In recent years, the rules have expanded to include digital objects and non-print materials. You can learn more about the contest and how to enter by visiting https://lib.ku.edu/snyder/. There you’ll also find a handy FAQ as well as selected essays, bibliographies, and a sample collection to help you on your way.
In need of further inspiration? Take a glance at some of the evocative titles of winning collections from the past fifteen years. What might you title your collection?
- Clandestine Publications, by Resha S. Cardone, 1st place Graduate Division, 2002
- Writing for No One: Zines and the Literature Underground, by Joe Morgan, 1st place Undergraduate Division, 2004
- On Being and Becoming a ‘Total Woman:’ Bestselling Books on Christian Marriage, 1972 to 1979, by Jennifer Heller, 1st place Graduate Division, 2004
- Binding Times: Central American and Caribbean Literature Created in Crisis, by Erin S. Finzer, 1st place Graduate Division, 2005
- Out of Season: Collecting Hemingway In Our Time as the Su[m] Also Rises, by Todd Giles, 1st place Graduate Division, 2007
- The Mythology of Mozart, by Bailey Pike, 1st place Undergraduate Division, 20o8
- High and Low: Commix, Art and Their Influence, by Thayer Bray, 1st place Undergraduate Division, 2009
- Return With Us Now: The Rise of the Old Time Radio Hobby, by Ryan Ellett, 1st place Graduate Division, 2010
- A Genre of One’s Own: Constructing Science Fiction as a Space for Feminist Discourse, by Meagan Kane, 1st place Undergraduate Division, 2011
- The Evolution of Scientific Knowledge: Vintage and Antique Textbooks of the Natural and Physical Sciences, by Laci Gerhart, 1st place Graduate Division, 2012
- Language and Linguistics: How Words Changed My Life, by Allie Alvis, 1st place Undergraduate Division, 2012
- Discovering Hollywood’s Mysteries: Juvenile Literature from Cinema’s Golden Age, by Baiba Sedriks, 1st place Graduate Division, 2013
- A Decade of Yarncraft, by Emma Fahrlander , 1st place Undergraduate Division, 2014
- Southern Appalachia: Historic and Imagined, by Clarissa Nemeth, 1st place Graduate Division, 2015