Annual California Young Book Collector's Prize

Annual California Young Book Collector's Prize

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022 - Saturday, Dec 31, 2022


Sponsored by the Northern & Southern California Chapters of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America


“…Of all…impassioned pursuits, there is none more abundant in joys, noble, healthy and pure, than book-hunting.”

          – Holbrook Jackson (The Anatomy of Bibliomania, 1950)


Most great collectors started when they were young, and most great collections started with a passion for a particular object or subject. When these objects are books and manuscripts, the collectors are called bibliophiles, or lovers of the book. 

The purpose of The California Young Book Collector’s Prize is to nurture the next generation of bibliophiles. The competition is open to collectors aged 35 and under who are living in California. All collections of books, manuscripts, and ephemera are welcome, no matter their monetary value or subject. The collections will be judged on their thoroughness, the approach to their subject, and the seriousness which with the collector has catalogued his or her material.

Details on the contest, including requirements and deadlines, can be found here.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is December 15th, 2022. 

For questions or additional information on the California Young Book Collector’s Prize, please contact Carol Sandberg, Vice-Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA, at