Letters About Literature

Published: 12/15/2014 6:50 AM

Letters About Literature (LAL)​ is an annual reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. 

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Letters About Literature

Sponsored in association with Affiliate State Centers for the Book

Theme: How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?

Deadlines: Entry must be postmarked by 

  • Level 3 (high school, grades 9-12) December 15, 2014
  • Level 2 (middle school, grades 7 & 8) January 15, 2015 
  • Level 1 (upper elementary, grades 4-6 ) January 15, 2015

State & National  Awards

  • Each state center has its own panel of judges who will select the top essayists in the state. State Winners will receive a cash award and advance to the national level judging.  
  • A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select 1 (one) National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select 1 (one) National Honor winner per competition level to receive a $200 cash award.

Mail your entry to:

Letters About Literature Contest

P.O. Box 5308

Woodbridge, VA 22194

Need some tips to get started? Not sure how to write a personal letter? Visit read.gov/letters to read winning letters from past competitions. 

P.S.  Remember, a letter is less formal than an essay or research paper. Write honestly and in your own voice as if you were having a conversation with the author. Those are the best letters to read and the most fun to write!


 


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