Enter KSL's Book Collecting Contest!

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CWRU Students who have built a collection of 10-50 books based on a theme are encouraged to enter a book collecting contest sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library. Winners are eligible to participate in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

Cash prizes for the top three collections will be awarded, including a $700 first prize for an undergraduate and graduate winner. 

To enter the contest, students must submit an essay about the theme of the collection and provide an annotated bibliography for the books in the collection, including full bibliographic information for and a brief explanation of how each book fits the collection theme. Your collection could consist of cheap paperbacks, magazines, pamphlets, comic books, leather-bound encyclopedias, or any other bound paper media– the books you select certainly do not need to be rare or expensive. The most important thing is that they relate to your theme!

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m. using the online entry form. 

Winners will be announced the week of  April 1, 2024, and an event will be held on the afternoon of April 11, 2024 to award prizes. 

Get the full details and read the contest rules.

The Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (NOBS) is a co-sponsor of this event, offering a one-year membership in NOBS and a Loganberry Bookstore gift certificate to the undergraduate and graduate student 1st place winners.