Austin, TX – The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) has launched the 2022-2023 Letters About Literature Texas contest, a program that invites students to respond to authors about how their books or poetry has 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. They then write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired or motivated by the work they selected.
In 2023, thanks to the generosity of the Nora Roberts Foundation and the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, contest participants are eligible for enhanced cash prizes. Each winner’s school library will receive a $200 stipend! View the details for cash prizes for students and libraries on the Letters About Literature website. Additionally, state winners will be honored at the 2023 Texas Library Association Conference in Austin.
All submissions for the 2022-2023 contest must be submitted through the online platform by 5:00 p.m., Dec. 17, 2022 (Central). A permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on Nov. 4, 2022.
To learn more about the contest, how to submit and to view winning entries from previous years, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature. 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.
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 tsl.texas.gov.