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2017 Letters About Literature Winners at TLA!

2017 April 12
by Kyla Hunt

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Over 2,000 Texas students entered the Letters About Literature Contest this year, and the winners have been announced! If you are at TLA* come be inspired and hear the winners.

First through Third place winners are listed below; take a few minutes to read the winning entries linked below, or go to to watch videos of the first place entries.

Level I Grades 4-6

Placement Winner Letter Hometown Piece Author
1st Place Celina Prieur Read Celina’s letter Dallas, TX “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” Mark Haddon
2nd Place Haylie Stobaugh Read Haylie’s letter Dallas, TX “Wonder” R.J. Palacio
3rd Place Cash Carter Read Cash’s letter Dallas, TX “‘The Long Winter” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Level II Grades 7-8

Placement Winner Letter Hometown Piece Author
1st Place Cynthia N. Onyiorah Read Cynthia’s letter McAllen, TX “Nineteen Minutes” Jodi Picoult
2nd Place Archer Calder Read Archer’s letter Cypress, TX Out of My Mind” Sharon Draper
3rd Place Jimena I. Sotelo Read Jimena’s letter McAllen, TX “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” Michelle Hodkin

Level III Grades 9-12

Placement Winner Letter Hometown Piece Author
1st Place Isabel Hu Read Isabel’s letter League City, TX The Poisonwood Bible” Barbara Kingsolver
2nd Place Colby Menefee Read Colby’s letter Buffalo, TX Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church” Lauren Drain
3rd Place Avery Gann Read Avery’s letter Parker, TX “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” J.K Rowling

State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

*Going to TLA? On Thursday, April 20th at 3 p.m. come and hear the Texas Letters About Literature winners read their winning pieces. The program is listed under Scott Westerfeld & Texas Association of School Librarians Business Meeting (currently scheduled for Room 214BC HBG Convention Center).

More about Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Library of Congress.  All 4th-12th graders are invited to participate! Read a book or poem and write a letter. Submissions are due to the Library of Congress by December of 2017.

Teachers, librarians, parents, neighbors, and beyond— please share this opportunity and cultivate a love of reading. As you will read in the winners’ entries, this contest takes words off pages, creates a heart connection to story, and organically cultivates life-long readers.

Want to read more about Letters About Literature? Take a look at Letters About Literature page, or contact Rebekah Manley from the Texas Center for the Book at

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