Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Indiana Center for the Book, and sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation. The contest calls on students grades 4-12 to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, etc.) explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or their self.
2017 Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony
Indiana Letters About Literature semifinalists will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 29, 2017. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Hoosier writers and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All semifinalists in attendance will receive a free book and will be invited to an exclusive book-signing reception following the ceremony.
About the Program
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Indiana Center for the Book, invites readers in grades 4 through 10 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.
To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic--explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.
There are three competition levels:
- Level I: Grades 4-6
- Level II: Grades 7 & 8
- Level III: Grades 9-12
State winners, announced in April each year, receive cash awards, plaques, and an invitation to Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony. National winners, announced in late April, receive additional prizes.
LAL supports educational standards established for reading and language arts as recommended by the International Reading Association and the National Council for the Teaching of English.
The 24th 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.
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