JD Forbes collecting prize

The prize is offered in honour of James David Forbes (1809-1868), the eminent scientist and Principal of the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard at St Andrews. His library was presented to the University in 1929. The purpose of the prize is to encourage students of the University to build their own collections of printed, manuscript, or photographic material, and to promote interest in collecting such items.

Submit an essay about a collection you have owned and compiled yourself for a chance to win £500. Your collection may consist of books, printed ephemera, manuscripts or photographs, tied together by a common theme. What’s important is that the collection was assembled by you, not the number of items nor the monetary value.

Your essay should be no more than 2,500 words and include an annotated bibliography of the items.

The competition is open to any current student at the University of St Andrews.

The deadline for the 2023 competition is Sunday 5 March 2023.

For more information and to apply for the competition, view the application form and prize rules:

Entries should be submitted by email to readroom@st-andrews.ac.uk

The winner of this collecting prize will be put forward for the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association National Book Collecting Prize.