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Your chance to write an essay and win £500

The Gordon Duff Prize is awarded for an essay on a subject relating to the science or arts of books and manuscripts. 

The Gordon Duff Prize is an annual competition and is open to all members of the University. There is an award of £500 for the winner(s) of the competition: the prize can be shared for a co-written work or attributed to two separate entries.  

In 2017, the prize was won by Ryan Pepin

Proposals have to be sent in before the last day of the Michaelmas term, and the winner(s) will be presented with their prize at a meeting of the Friends of the University Library during Easter term.

 

Key Dates

  • Candidates must submit a title and brief abstract of proposed subjects to Dr Jill Whitelock, Head of Special Collections, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, CB3 9DR (jw330@cam.ac.uk) so as to reach her not later than last day of the Michaelmas Term, 19 December 2016 (email preferred).
  • Candidates will be informed whether their proposed subjects are approved by the Library Syndicate after its meeting on 16 February 2017. 
  • If the proposed subject is approved, essays must be sent in hard-copy and electronic form to Dr Jill Whitelock, Head of Special Collections, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, CB3 9DR (jw330@cam.ac.uk) by 25 March 2017.