Letters About Literature Writing Contest

Available: USA Nationwide
Closing Date: 1/10/2014

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national writing contest for students in grades 4 to 12 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

LAL encourages young readers to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world. This contest not only promotes reading and writing, but also inspires creativity in young people and encourages them to be life-long readers. It develops critical reading and writing skills that students need to be successful both in their school careers and as adults. Fans of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or the classics, are invited to participate, with the chance to receive awards and recognition at the state and national level.

Maryland winners are honored annually during CityLit Festival at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. An outstanding participating educator is also recognized at the ceremony with the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award.

Photos by Nick Simko.

Click here to view our 2013 Letters About Literature Winners

Click here to view a list of 2013 Letters About Literature Finalists statewide.

2014 Competition levels:

  • Level 1 – Grades 4-6 (entries accepted December 1, 2013 – January 10, 2014)
  • Level 2 – Grades 7-8 (entries accepted December 1, 2013 – January 10, 2014)
  • Level 3 – Grades 9-12 (entries accepted November 1, 2013 – December 10, 2013)

Would you like to enter? The 2014 Entry Guidelines & Contest Theme can be found here



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