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2013-2014 Contest Information

Letters About LiteratureLetters About Literature is a national reading-writing competition is 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.  

Important Dates:

  • October 1, 2013: Entries will now be accepted
  • December 10, 2013: Deadline for Level III (Grades 9-12)
  • January 10, 2014: Deadline for Levels I & II (Grades 4-8)
  • April 26, 2014: Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony

Teacher's Guide

Check out the LAL Teacher's Guide featuring valuable resources and lesson plans.

2014 Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony

All 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 26. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Hoosier writers, and will be honored at ceremony following the day’s activities. All semifinalists in attendance will receive a free book and are invited to an exclusive book-signing reception following the ceremony.

Past LAL Results

About the Program

Letters About LiteratureThe 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 LAL Indiana 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.