2022-2023 Letters About Literature Contest – Enhanced Cash Prizes for Libraries + Educator Resources

The 2022-2023 Letters About Literature Texas contest includes enhanced cash prizes for libraries, plus and a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guide.

The Texas Center for the Book’s annual Letters About Literature Texas (LAL) contest invites students to respond to authors whose books or poetry have touched their lives. This year’s competition runs from November 4 through December 17, 2022, deadline 5:00 p.m.  Letters About Literature is open to Texas students in grades 4 through 12.

Logo for Letters About Literature Program

In 2023, thanks to the generosity of the Nora Roberts Foundation and the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, participants are eligible for enhanced cash prizes.

Each winner’s school library will receive a $200 stipend in 2023!

As always, there are three categories for contestants:

Level 1 – Grades 4 – 6   
Level 2 – Grades 7 – 8
Level 3 – Grades 9 – 12

Winners in all three categories will win their own stipend.

1st place = $300   
2nd place = $200

3rd place = $100

First place winners will be honored at the 2023 Texas Library Association Conference in Austin and will receive travel assistance.

Educators are invited to use the Educator Resource’s on the website, including the Letters About Literature (LAL) Texas TEKS Guide, which aims to help educators understand the ways TEKS can tie into LAL and existing curriculum standards.

A permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on November 4, 2022.

To learn more about the contest, including how to submit letters, and to view winning entries from previous years, visit: www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature.

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