A.E. Newton Award


Book Collecting Competition

About the award


The A. Edward Newton Student Book Collection Competition is the longest-running collegiate book collecting competition in the nation, and encourages reading and collecting in an age of declining readership. Started in the 1930s by a renowned Philadelphia book collector, A. Edward Newton, the competition awards cash prizes to the three Swarthmore College students who submit the best essays and annotated bibliographies of their book collections. The winners are also invited to give a talk about their collection in McCabe Library.

How to apply


REAL AND IMAGINARY COLLECTIONs

Have a collection of 20 books, at least 15 of which you own and up to five that you wish you could add. Textbooks may be included but not constitute a majority of the collection.

OR

Come up with an imaginary collection of 20 books you would like to have.

Essay

Write a one-page essay that defines the theme, framework, and scope of your real collection. What constitutes “a collection”? How do you collect intentionally? What would you make for a syllabus for yourself?

 

For the imaginary collection, write an essay that defines the theme, framework, and scope of your collection. What is your interest in building this collection? What are the challenges? How will you grow your imaginary collection?

Annotated Bibliography

Write an annotated bibliography for each book in the collection. Bibliographical annotations should describe how each book relates to the rest of the collection, and, if not addressed in the essay, how, where, when, and why books were acquired.

 

For the imaginary collection, write an annotated bibliography for each book describing how it relates to the rest of the collection, why you selected this book and any challenges inherent to acquiring it.

Deadline and Prizes

Stay tunned for Newton 2018!

Prizes - Physical Collection

1st Prize: $600,  2nd Prize: $300

Prizes - Imaginary Collection

1st Prize: $200

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