Students: Enter the Letters About Literature Contest

Has a book changed how you think about the world or yourself?

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Write about it in the Letters About Literature contest!

Student in classLetters About Literature is an annual, national reading and writing program organized by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, students in grades 4-12 write a letter to the author (living or dead) of their favorite book, poem, or short story and describe how that book moved or changed them.

Winning letters tend to be personal, self-reflective, and deep-thinking, relating ideas, characters, and lessons learned to how the reader views or navigates through the world. Do you look up to a character for something that they’ve done? What about what that character has gone through—have you seen that in your own life? What parts of your book, story, or poem do you see in your life here in Maine? Has that made an impact on Bookshow you think or act?

Each state chooses a winner in each level, and the Library of Congress chooses a national winner from the state winners in each level. State winners receive a cash prize of $100. National winners receive a prize of $1,000. Click here for more entry guidelines and information about the program.

Contest Deadlines

Level Three (grades 9-12): Friday, December 2, 2016

Level Two (grades 7 & 8): Monday, January 9, 2017

Level One (grades 4-6): Monday, January 9, 2017