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Thumbnail image that links to the PDF of printable bookmarksThese printable bookmarks (PDF) act as the perfect reminder for potential participants and provide a basic overview of how Letters About Literature works.

Thumbnail image of participation certificate that links to a printable PDF file of the participation certificateLetters About Literature 2021-2022 Certificate of Participation (PDF) Fill out and print the form for participants.

Thumbnail image that links to a PDF file containing key dates for the Letters About Literature ContestThe key dates listed on this PDF will help educators remain aware of upcoming contest deadlines, due dates and other timely details.

Thumbnail image that links to a PDF file Teaching Guide for Letters About LiteratureThis 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.

Thumbnail image of the Letters About Literature (LAL) Texas TEKS GuideThe purpose of the Letters About Literature (LAL) Texas TEKS Guide is to help educators understand the ways Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) can tie into LAL and their existing curriculum standards.


Thumbnail image of the Permission FormThis printable PDF permission form for parents or guardians of children younger than the age of 13 as of November 4, 2021.

Educators Abby Harrison and Natalie Nihill Ruberto discuss
resources and strategies for incorporating Letters About
Literature easily into curriculums.

In this #TXBookChat video, experience the 2021 winner videos
and get a brief program overview from the Texas Center for
the Book Coordinator, Rebekah Manley.

In these videos, Texas authors Chris BartonNikki Loftin and Paulette Jiles share the importance of readers connecting to their favorite authors.


A chalkboard graphic with the text in chalk style saying Read. Be inspired. Write back. Theme: how did an author's work change your view of the world or yourself?


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.

In 2023, thanks to the generosity of the Nora Roberts Foundation and the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Letters About Literature Texas participants of the 2022-2023 contest are eligible for enhanced cash prizes. Each winner's school library will receive a $200 stipend! View the details for cash prizes for students and libraries. Additionally, first-place winners will receive travel assistance to attend their awards ceremony at the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, Texas.

See this printable handout as a frame of reference for key information. 


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 new 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, 2022. Plan to make sure entries are submitted by December 17, 2022, 5:00 p.m. (Central).

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).

Here are the complete Rules and Guidelines for 2022-2023 web page.


Check out our FAQ. The link to the online submission form is available here.


Page last modified: December 6, 2022