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The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America is proud to announce sponsorship of the David Ruggles Prize

The David Ruggles Prize is an international book-collecting prize to encourage and support young collectors of color. The Prize honors the legacy of David Ruggles, an early American abolitionist, publisher, and Underground Railroad conductor. The New York grocery store he opened in 1828 soon became the country's first Black-owned bookstore. Beyond rewarding existing collectors, this Prize hopes to encourage young book lovers to become book collectors. 

The Prize awards three applicants annually whose collections are considered most outstanding by a panel of judges.

Grand Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Entry is open to anyone aged 35 and under, anywhere in the world. This year's deadline to enter is June 9, 2024

Whether it is comic books and graphic novels, zines, contemporary book art, or handwritten manuscripts—all are welcome to apply.

Want more information? Click here to learn more about the Prize and past winners and meet the judging panel. 

Find the David Ruggles Prize on Instagram, Threads, and Twitter/X @rugglesprize. 

Submit your application today!