skip to content

Cambridge University Library


Your chance to write an essay and win £500

The Gordon Duff Prize is awarded annually for an essay on a subject relating to the science or arts of books and manuscripts. It is open to all University of Cambridge members, students, staff and alumni. 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 2022, the prize was jointly won by:

  • Peter Kornicki, 'Why typography was abandoned in 17th-century Japan’
  • Paul Lennon, 'Caveat emptor: the curious case of Scotland’s Astorga Collection’

Proposals have to be sent in before the last day of the Michaelmas term (19 December); approved essays are to be submitted by the last day of Lent Term (25 March or 24 March in a leap year). The winner(s) will be presented with their prize during Easter term. For further details, see Rules and how to enter.