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The second annual Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize is now looking for submissions. Created by Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, the prize is open to women book collectors in the United States aged 30 or younger.
Founded in 2011, Honey & Wax Booksellers is an antiquarian book firm run by Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney, who are both committed to developing the role of women in collecting and bookselling.
“There are a lot of creative young women in the United States building original collections. We want more of them to own it, and openly identify as book collectors. That’s what this prize is designed to achieve,” said Heather O’Donnell, founder of Honey & Wax.
An entrant’s collection may include books, manuscripts, and ephemera, and can be organized by theme, author, illustrator, printing technique, binding style, or another clearly articulated principle. Collections will not be judged on size or market value, but on originality and how they illuminate the chosen subject.
Last year’s winner was Jessica Kahan, a public librarian in Ohio, who collects American romance novels from the Jazz Age and Depression Eras. Her winning essay is well worth reading.
“In 2017, we were told to expect perhaps a dozen submissions to our new prize,”added Heather. “Instead, we received 48 applications, from women hailing from 21 states and the District of Columbia, and ranging in age from 15 to 30. They were librarians and scientists, stage directors and graphic designers, high school students and college professors. We were stunned by what these women had built, and how their collections became a tangible reflection of their lives”
To enter, you need to submit an essay about your collection as well as a bibliography and a wish-list. The winner receives $1,000. The deadline for submissions is June 1 and the winner will be announced in September 2018.
AbeBooks is proud to be a sponsor of the collecting prize and we’d love to see far more than 48 applications in 2018. Good luck.