Friends of VCU Libraries sponsoring student book collecting contest
All VCU students, undergraduate and graduate, are invited to submit to the VCU Student Book-collecting Contest, which recognizes students who have developed thoughtful and purposeful collections of books, manuscripts or other material textual works.
Submissions to the contest must include:
- A cover sheet
- Include your name and email address.
- Specify undergraduate or graduate.
- Give your collection a title.
- A brief essay (two pages) describing the nature, scope and rationale of the collection
- An annotated bibliography of no more than 15 items from the collection
- Each entry in the bibliography must use MLA format in describing the item, followed by three to five sentences explaining the significance of the item to the collection.
Submissions (cover sheet, essay and bibliography saved in one PDF) must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 6. Winners will be announced in early 2020 and will be required to photograph a selection from their collection for a digital exhibit.
Incomplete or late submissions will be disqualified.
Judging Panel: Gardner Campbell, Ph.D. (associate professor, VCU English), Nicholas Cooke (owner, Black Swan Books), Joshua Eckhardt, Ph.D. (associate professor, VCU English), Kevin Farley, Ph.D. (humanities collections librarian, VCU Libraries), Yuki Hibben (assistant head and curator of books and art, VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives), Matteo Pangallo, Ph.D. (assistant professor, VCU English), and Mimi Winick, Ph.D. (instructor, VCU English).
Organized by VCU Department of English faculty member Matteo Pangallo, Ph.D., one of whose specialties is the history of the book, the contest debuted in the 2017–18 academic year. Jessica Schuler won in the undergraduate category for “Written in the Margins,” a collection of Shakespeare’s works with heavy written annotations. And Francesca Lyn won in the graduate category for “Autobiographical Comics,” a collection of autobiographical comics from independent and small presses.
The contest is sponsored by the VCU Department of English, VCU Libraries, the Friends of VCU Libraries and Black Swan Books.