We’re excited to announce the winners of our annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. Before we reveal the names of our champion essayists, here’s a little history on the Libraries’ long-standing contest: An endowment from WU alum Carl Neureuther (class of 1940) provides the funds for the annual competition, which is now in its 31st year. Neureuther hoped the event would inspire students to assemble personal libraries and to read for pleasure. The competition offers four cash awards: $1,000 and $500 at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Participants must be full-time WU students and submit a brief essay about the titles in their book collections.
And the winners are… Paul Tran, who is pursuing an M.F.A. in poetry, took first place in the graduate category for “I Want to Say It Plain.” Ena Selimovic, a doctoral candidate in comparative literature, won second place in the graduate category for “Ja, Ben, I, Je : A Book Collection in Translation.”
Comparative literature and Spanish major Misael de la Rosa won first place in the undergraduate category for “Coleccionista de Recuerdos: Memories of a Collector.” The award for second place went to undergrad Natalie Snyder for her essay “The Messy Truth: A Portrait of a Girl through her Books.” Snyder is working on a B.F.A.
Four WU faculty members served as this year’s judges and will join the winners for an awards luncheon in April. The 2018 winning essays, as well as past winners, are available on the Libraries’ website and in the Open Scholarship repository. Many thanks to all of the students who participated in this year’s contest. We encourage you to enter again next year. Questions about the contest should be directed to Julie Hale, communications coordinator at WU Libraries.