For Students - Instructions for Submitting Your Entry
Polish up your reflective writing skills and write a letter to an author—living or dead—explaining how his or her work changed your view of yourself or the world.
ENTER ONE OF THESE THREE COMPETITION LEVELS:
Level 1 - Grades 4 - 6
Level 2 - Grades 7 - 8
Level 3 - Grades 9 - 12
A video walkthrough of the online submission process for students, teachers and parents is embedded in the instructions section of each online submission form and is also available at this link: https://youtu.be/Zh_KPpIM9mk. (Note: This video is from the 2019-2020 entry year, but it still contains all the essential submission information.)
HOW TO ENTER IN 10 EASY STEPS!
- Select a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, short story, poem, play, essay, or speech (excluding song lyrics) that you have read and about which you have strong feelings.
- Imagine sitting down with the author of this work and sharing your personal thoughts. Your letter should be personal and sincere, more like a private conversation rather than book report or a fan letter.
- Share specific details both about the book and about your reaction to the book. Write honestly and from your own perspective.
- Keep in mind that this is a reflective writing contest. Think about what you read and the meaning you gleaned from the author’s words.
- Type your letter, which must use at least 400 words and no more than 800 words.
- Make sure your letter includes a date, greeting, body, closing and your name or signature. Please do not include a return address on your letter. Note: All letter elements are included in the total word count.
- Read the official rules and find submission details and your state-specific deadline by selecting your state from the drop-down menu above.
- If you are younger than the age of 13 (as of November 4, 2020), you must obtain and upload a permission form hand-signed by a parent or legal guardian to be eligible for entry (download permission form here).
- Submit your typed letter via the Letters About Literature online submission platform at texasstatelibrary.submittable.com. You can upload your letter as a PDF or Word document, or you can type your letter directly into the submission form.
- Remember to complete all required information fields on the entry form before submitting your letter online.
STUDENTS & PARENTS: HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY ONLINE
- Use this online entry form. (Open on November 4, 2020)
- Create your account / Have an account? Sign in.
- If you don't have a Submittable account, create a free account by filling out the Create your account form.
- Click the Create Account and Continue button to continue with the Letters About Literature submission process.
- Read the full submission instructions, including the 2020-2021 Letters about Literature Texas official rules, before you complete your entry.
- Enter your address and contact information before clicking Save Address and Continue.
- On the submission page, under “Who is submitting this form?”, choose “a student” or “a parent,” as appropriate.
- Complete all required fields for submission, upload or type your letter entry, and click Submit.
- If you are younger than the age of 13 before November 4, 2020, you will be prompted to pause, save your progress and upload a scanned pdf or image of a hand-signed parent permission form. This form is required.
- You will receive an email confirming your entry.
- Congratulations! You have successfully submitted to the 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas contest.
For further submission details or questions, please consult the FAQ.