LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE RESOURCES
These printable bookmarks (PDF) act as the perfect reminder for potential participants and provide a basic overview of how Letters About Literature works.
Letters About Literature 2020-2021 Certificate of Participation (PDF) Fill out and print the form for participants.
The key dates listed on this PDF will help educators remain aware of upcoming contest deadlines, due dates and other timely details.
This teaching guide provides a step-by-step process for in-class or at-home instruction. The guide offers an overview of the reading and writing aspects of the contest and offers prompts to engage students prior to putting pen to paper.
This printable PDF permission form for parents or guardians of children younger than the age of 13 as of November 4, 2020.
LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Texas winners in all three levels receive a $100 cash prize and will be honored at the 2021 Virtual Texas Library Association Conference.
See this printable handout as a frame of reference for key information.
HOW TO ENTER:
There are three categories for contestants:
Level 1 - Grades 4-6
Level 2 - Grades 7-8
Level 3 - Grades 9-12
READ - Select a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story or speech you have read that you feel strongly about. (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 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 and 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’s work influenced you.
WRITE - Type your entry in letter format. All submitted letters must be typed.
SUBMIT - Upload your letter to the online submission platform. Be sure to read the submission steps (student or teacher) and official rules set by the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. A permission form is required for all student participants who will be younger than 13 years of age on November 4, 2020. Plan to make sure entries are submitted by December 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (CST).
Need some tips to get started? Not sure how to write a personal letter? Click the Letters About Literature page to read winning letters from past contests and to access the Letters About Literature Teaching Guide (PDF).