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Bibliophile Essay Contest

• 250-500 original words on any bookselling topic : why you want to be a bookseller when you grow up, why you like being a bookseller, why a brick and mortar store is better than an online store, why being a bookseller is better than being a fireman etc . . .etc . . .
• essay must not have appeared elsewhere
• entrant must include contact information
• email to

DEADLINE. April 9th. though I could extend it to April 30.

JUDGING. All reasonable entries will be posted to the Bullpen as they arrive. Judging will be completely arbitrary depending on my whim and reader responses. I may not like something and if enough readers do that will count much more.

PRIZE. The winner gets the aforementioned copy of ‘Book Shops, how to run them‘ by Ruth Brown Park. Doran & co. 1929. The copy is in reasonable shape, a good solid copy with a large stain on the top right corner that extends to the first 8 leaves, and a smaller top stain deeper into the text block – it looks like someone splashed it with a cup of tea to me. Let’s not even discuss what’s left of the dust jacket, but is looks well loved.

Book Shop Orientation
Stocking The Book Shop
Store Arrangement And Display
Window Display
Notes On Selling, Suggested By G. R. Turner
The Employer And His Employees
A Chapter For Your Clerks
The Buying And Selling Of Children’s Books
Accounts And Records, By Cedric R. Crowd
The Rental Library
The Tools Of The Trade
Code Of Ethics For The American Booksellers Association, May 1927.

DOOR PRIZES. All the entrants will get something just for entering, I haven’t decided on what yet. A plastic razor blade for scraping stickers or an eraser – depends on how many entrants I get and what I have lying around.

book repair and cleaning supplies.


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