Competition Rules and Information
The competition is open to all students regularly enrolled at UCLA. Please carefully note the following rules:
- Only UCLA students are eligible to apply.
- Submissions must be typed in a twelve-point font and must include the following:
- A one-page statement describing how and why the collection as a whole was assembled
- A bibliography of the collection, with each individual title numbered and briefly annotated; the annotations should reflect the importance of each item to the collection as a whole
- A "wants list": an additional annotated bibliography listing up to ten other titles that the contestant would like to add in the future
- A completed application form
- A previous winner may enter again if a different collection is submitted, but only one collection may be submitted each year.
- Books must be owned by one student and must have been collected by the student.
- Each collection will be judged on the extent to which its books represent a well-defined field of interest.
- The collection does not need to consist of rare books. The substance of the collection will be of prime importance in the judging; however, consideration may also be given to the excellence of design and production of the works. Paperbacks may be included. In addition to personal interests, collections can be tied to capstones, theses, or creative projects.
- The entry may contain up to but not more than fifty items, of which up to thirty percent may be in e-book format, and ten percent may be non-book items that support the collection.
- After preliminary judging of the bibliographies and statements, applicants will be notified by email, and finalists will be asked to bring their collection to the UCLA Library for the final judging.
- Awards will be presented at an informal ceremony in the UCLA Library. In addition to the cash prizes, finalists will also receive one-year honorary memberships in the UCLA Library Associates.