Blackwell's and Bodleian launch essay-writing prize, asking: What is Genius?

19 June 2015

Blackwell's Bookshops and the Bodleian Libraries have joined forces to launch a new academic essay-writing prize, asking students to write on the subject 'What is Genius?'

Image of Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library, University of OxfordThe new prize was launched to mark the opening of the Libraries' newly refurbished Weston Library and its inaugural Marks of Genius exhibition. The free exhibition, which runs until 20 September, includes 130 of the Libraries' finest treasures, many of which could be considered works of genius.

The essay-writing competition seeks to celebrate the finest academic writing and is open to undergraduates studying at any UK university. The prize launched in the first week of June and will close on 1 November. More details about the rules of the prize can be found on the Blackwell's website.

The competition will be judged by a panel of leading academics across a variety of fields, chaired by Armand D'Angour, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford. The winner will be announced at an event in early 2016.

This latest initiative follows a longstanding relationship between the iconic bookseller and the Bodleian Libraries. A £5m gift from Julian Blackwell, President of Blackwell's allowed the funding of Blackwell Hall, the grand 13.5 metre-high entrance foyer for the Weston Library, which opened to the public on 21 March, 2015. TheBlackwell family donated Basil Blackwell's private library to the Bodleian, and it is on display in the transept between the two exhibition galleries in the Weston Library.

Marks of Genius branding

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