Rebekah Manley

Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

Letters About Literature Contest

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The deadline for the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 is January 11, 2016. Entries for the nationwide literary competition, sponsored by the Texas Center for the Book, must be postmarked by January 11, 2016. Letters about Literature encourages young readers to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) to share how the book has affected them personally.

Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Students are not required to enter through a school or class, details on entry can be found by visiting

The Texas Center for the Book, located at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas, was established to stimulate public interest in books, reading and libraries and encourages the study of the written word to the more than 26 million residents in the State of Texas.

One of fifty state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is a nonprofit organization under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and is guided by 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.