The competition is open to all undergrad students at any Rhode Island college or university. You don’t have to collect first editions or leather bound volumes to enter. All types of collections ranging from children’s stories, to coffee table books, to paperbacks have made it to the finals round in the past. More information about the judges’ criteria and rules of participation can be found at the website of The John Russell Bartlett Society.
Cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250 are offered to the first, second and third place winners. The deadline for submissions is on April 5th. A reception and presentation of the finalists will follow on April 15th in the reading room of the John Carter Brown Library. Applications include an entry form, a short essay and an annotated bibliography describing your collection. All finalists will be asked to present a five minute oral presentation about their collections at the April 15th reception.
All questions and inquiries should be directed towards Richard Noble at Richard_Noble@brown.edu or 401-865-1187.