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Canadas National Book Collecting Contest


anne-of-green-gablesAttention young book collectors of Canada. This could be your chance for glory. The National Book Collecting Contest, created by the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC), is looking for bookish types with a story to tell about their book collection.

This contest is open to Canadians under 30 years of age who are passionate about reading and collecting books. Collectors are usually stereotyped as older people of ‘a certain age’ so we’re particularly excited about anything that encourages younger collectors.

Entrants are required to write a 1,500 to 2,000-word essay on their collection, describing key attributes like bindings, dust jackets, illustrations, and bibliographical features such as format and publication data. You must also list the books in your collection is some sort of logical fashion. The financial value of the collection is not important – the judges are looking for passion, knowledge and a devotion to collecting books.

An essay about any sort of collection is welcomed – anything from children’s books, illustrated books, science fiction, autobiographies, cookbooks to poetry, and classic or modern literature. The previous contests winners wrote about collecting Alexandre Dumas, L.M. Montgomery and comics & graphic novels.

First prize is $1,000, second place is $500 and third takes $250. The 2010-2011 contest will close on March 7, 2011 so time is running out. Entries should be mailed to:

The Bibliographical Society of Canada
P.O. Box 575, Postal Station P
Toronto, ON
M5S 2T1

More details here, including the full submission requirements. Good luck.

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