Students Invited to Participate in 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas Competition

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

Photo of a woman with a bookshelf in the background with the text Letters About Literature Texas. Entries accepted Nov. 4, 2021 - December 17, 2021. Supported by the generosity of the Texas Library and Archives Foundation

Austin, TX – The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) has launched the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas contest, a program that invites students to respond to authors of books or poetry who have touched their lives. The contest is open to Texas students in grades 4 through 12.

Students, educators, and families: join the Texas Center for the Book in promoting the joys of reading and writing! Participants select a book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story or speech that has made a lasting impact on their lives. They then write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired or motivated by the work they selected. State winners receive $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference.
All submissions for the 2021-2022 contest must be submitted through the online platform by 5:00 p.m., Dec. 17, 2021 (CST). A permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on Nov. 4, 2021.

To learn more about the contest, how to submit and to view winning entries from previous years, visit The site includes a Frequently Asked Questions page, student and teacher submission guidelines, letters from past winners, videos from authors, and the official contest rules. Visit the Educator Resources page to get your own printable bookmarks and student handouts, participation certificates, key dates, permission forms, and a step-by-step teaching guide featuring writing prompts.

For more information on Texas Center for the Book initiatives, visit or contact TCFB Coordinator Rebekah Manley at

Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. The Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit

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Rebekah Manley
Texas Center for the Book Coordinator
Page last modified: November 10, 2021