THE BOOK COLLECTOR is thrilled to share details of these Book Collecting Competitions from across the US and the UK.
These prizes inspire a new generation of fresh, motivated young collectors, and we would love to see them thrive.
If you would like more information or have been involved in a Book Collecting Prize and wish to share your experience, please contact Sarah Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below a comprehensive list of existing prizes in the UK and US.
Click on an entry to visit the competition’s home page.
Rose Book Collecting Prize, Cambridge University Library
Colin Franklin Book Collecting Prize, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize, Senate House Library, London
David Laing Book Collecting Prize, University of Edinburgh
James David Forbes Book Collecting Prize, University of St. Andrews
The Thomas Reid Prize for Book Collecting, University of Aberdeen
David Murray Prize, University of Glasgow
Tony Fothergill Book Collecting Prize, University of York
National Book Collecting Prize, Antiquarian Booksellers Association US Prizes
National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
HGARC Student Book Collecting Contest, Boston University
Stillwell Book Collecting Prize John Carter Brown Library, Brown University
Seymour Adelman Book Collector’s Prize, Bryn Mawr College
Hill-Shumate Book Collecting Prize University of California Berkeley Library
Adam Repán Petko Student Book Collecting Competition, University of California Riverside
Book Collecting Contest, Case Western Reserve University
UCO Friends of the Library Book Collection Contest, University of Central Oklahoma
John and Margaret Class Student Book Collection Contest, Chapman University
T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting, Chicago University
Andrew T. Nadell Prize for Book Collecting, Duke University Libraries
Applestein-Sweren Book Collecting Prize, Goucher College
Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art, Harvard University
Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting, Harvard University
Snyder Book Collecting Contest, University of Kansas
Student Book Collecting Contest, Mississippi State University
Student Book Collecting Competition, Oberlin College
Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize, Princeton University Library
Book Collecting Contest University of Puget Sound
Slocum Award Student Book Collecting Competition, Scripps College
Wreden Prize, Stanford University
A.E. Newton Award, Swarthmore College
Nicole Basbanes Book Collecting Contest, Sweet Briar University
Webster Book Prize, Trinity College
BSUVA Book Collecting Contest, University of Virginia
Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition, Washington University in St. Louis
Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize Yale University
In addition to the University Prizes, Honey & Wax Rare Bookstore in New York run the Book Collecting Prize for Young Female Book Collectors.
In September 2018 Ben Kinmont, Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the ABAA, launched The California Young Book Collector’s Prize open to all collectors aged 35 and under. THE BOOK COLLECTOR will be proudly sponsoring this prize.