Letters About Literature

boy writingEach year, the Center for the Book sponsors the  “Letters About Literature” contest. Readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the contest, which is a national reading and writing program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre explaining how that author’s work changed the reader’s life or view of the world.

Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The North Dakota Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state. Their winning letters will be published online at the North Dakota State Library’s website. North Dakota winners will also receive monetary prizes and then advance to the national judging.

  • Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 4, 2015.
  • Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 11, 2016.

Please visit www.read.gov/letters for more information and entry forms. If you would like to incorporate this into your classroom lessons, there is also a Teaching Guide.

The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, in partnership with the North Dakota Center for the Book and the North Dakota State Library.

If you have further questions about the North Dakota contest, please contact Shari Mosser at the North Dakota State Library at ssandwick@nd.gov or 701-328-3252.

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