Winners of University Libraries’ Neureuther Essay Competition Announced

We’re happy to announce the winners of the University Libraries’ 32nd annual Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. Named for Carl Neureuther, a 1940 graduate of the Washington University School of Business who set up an endowed book fund for the Libraries, the contest was designed to inspire reading for pleasure among students and to encourage the cultivation of personal book collections.

The competition offers four cash awards to full-time Washington University students: $1,000 and $500 at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Participants submit brief essays about the books in their collections.

In the graduate category, Erika Rodriguez, a PhD candidate in comparative literature, won the top prize for her essay “The Space Between Us, Our Common Ties.” Victoria Hsu, who is pursuing an MFA in poetry, came in second with “Finding Healing in a Dead Language.”

In the undergraduate category, Alex Evets, a freshman majoring in communication design, took first place for his essay “From Past to My Present: The Art of Saint Louis.” English and history major Maya St. Clair won second place for “John Donne’s Monuments.”

Four Washington University faculty members served as this year’s judges. The contest winners will be honored at a luncheon on April 30. The organizing committee thanks all of the students who participated in this year’s contest. The 2019 winning essays, as well as those of past winners, are available here and as a collection in the Open Scholarship repository.

For more information about the contest, contact Julie Hale.


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