Students Invited to Participate in 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas Competition

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The Texas Center for the Book has announced the 2020-2021 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 opens November 4, 2020, and is open to Texas students in grades 4 through 12.

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 travel assistance for the 2021 Texas Library Association Annual Conference.
All submissions for the contest must be submitted through the online submission platform by December 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (CST).  permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on November 4, 2020.

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

For more information on Texas Center for the Book initiatives, a project of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, visit or contact Ms. Manley at or 512-936-2505.

Established in 1987, the 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.

First Edition of #TXBookChat Featuring Bethany Hegedus “Living a Life for the Books”

Join us for a special conversation with Bethany Hegedus, author and owner of The Writing Barn. Ms. Hegedus will be interviewed by Rebekah Manley, Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book, in a program entitled Living a Life for the Books. Ms. Hegedus has published biographies on Gandhi, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, and Jimmy Carter and is well known in writing circles.

When: Thursday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m CDT.   Eventbrite Registration here.

The #TXBookChat series offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about 30 minutes and offer a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. The #TXBookChat series seeks to bring together diverse voices and perspectives.

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 Upcoming Live Events:

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Living a Life for the Books: Bethany Hegedus

Free Online Event  

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Write NOW Session: Claire Campbell

Free Online Event  

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

How to Draw From History: Developing Characters Today with Don Tate

Free Online Event