LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE
Has a book brought you to laughter, tears or changed your life? Write a letter to the author.
Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Library of Congress.
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.
Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. See this printable handout for key dates.
HOW TO ENTER:
COMPETITION LEVELS: Level 1 - Grades 4-6. Level 2 - Grades 7-8. Level 3 - Grades 9-12.
READ - Select a fiction or nonfiction book, a poem or play you have read and about which you have strong feelings. (Sorry, no song lyrics!) It might be a book that helped you through a difficult time or it might be a book that simply touched your heart or inspired you.
REFLECT - Think before you write. How did this author’s work change you or your view of the world? How do you know it did? How and why are you different now than you were before you read this work?
PERSUADE - Write a personal letter to the author, stating how reading his or her work changed you. Be personal but also persuasive! Support your ideas with specific details, including details from the work itself. This is not a fan letter but rather a reflection on how an author influenced you.
WRITE - Type your entry in letter format – do not send handwritten letters. Your name and complete return address (either school or home) must appear in the upper right corner of the first page of the letter.
SEND - Mail your letter with the required entry coupon by the deadline date.
Need some tips to get started? Not sure how towrite a personal letter? Visit Letters About Literature website to read winning letters from past competitions and to access the Letters About Literature Teaching Guide (PDF).
Here are the complete Rules and Guidelines (PDF).
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR LETTERS AND ENTRY COUPON:
Mail, complete with letter and entry coupon to: Letters About Literature Competition Level (Indicate level 1, 2 or 3 on the envelope) c/o C. Gourley, Project Manager 81 Oliver Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705