Letters About Literature is a state and national writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Each student is encouraged to write a letter to the author of their favorite book explaining how the book changed their life, changed their outlook, or helped them through a hard time. It’s a personal letter, not an essay, so students can feel free to express how they feel!
There are three age categories:
Level 1: grades 4-6
Level 2: grades 7-8
Level 3: grades 9-12
Letters from Levels 1 and 2 are due by January 9. Letters from Level 3 are due by December 2.
Statewide prizes are as follows:
First place (for each of the three age levels): $100
Second place (for each of the three age levels): $75
Third place (for each of the three age levels): $50
First place winners move on to national judging. National prizes are $1,000 for first place in each of the three age levels and $200 for Honor Winners in each of the three age levels.
Teachers, librarians, and parents, please share this information widely!
Click here for an entry coupon and official rules and guidelines. PLEASE NOTE! The address has changed this year and you’ll be sending your letters directly to us here at MLC.
The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. Statewide, this contest is made possible by the Mississippi Library Commission, the Mississippi Center for the Book, and the Friends of Mississippi Libraries.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress’s page on Letters About Literature.
Questions? Contact Ally Mellon.