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Introducing the 2011-2012 National Book Collecting Contest for Young Canadians Under 30

Listen up Canada’s young book collectors. The 2011-2012 National Book Collecting Contest for Young Canadians Under 30 is now open and accepting entries. This year AbeBooks is one of the contest’s sponsors and we are urging Canada’s young bibliophiles to show their passion for rare books. If you have a collection of books then we want to hear about it.

Entrants are required to write a 1,500 to 2,000-word essay about their collection. The essay must describe important features such as binding, decoration, illustrations and key bibliographical aspects such as format, printing and publication data. The top prize $1,000 (CAD) with the second and third place collectors receiving $500 and $250 respectively.

This book collecting contest began in 2008 and this year we’re hoping to help generate a record number of entrants. The contest is administered by the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation (DLF), the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) and the Alcuin Society.

Any type of collection of books, as long as it’s yours, can be written about– last year’s winner, Justin Hanisch from Edmonton, wrote about ‘The History of Fish’ and I advise everyone to take a look at his essay. Justin knows his fish books.

Click here for more details about this contest.

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