The West Virginia Center for the Book at the WV Library Commission held the 2017 Letters About Literature awards ceremony at the state Culture Center on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Local author Belinda Anderson spoke and Gayle Manchin, Cabinet Secretary of Education and the Arts, provided a video greeting at the event, where 117 West Virginia students were honored with Top Honors, Honors, Honorable Mention, and Notable Mention recognition.
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program, supported locally by the WV Center for the Book, an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The theme for this year’s writing competition was How Did an Author’s Work Change Your View of the World or Yourself? Students in grades 4-12 (divided by Levels 1-3) wrote letters to authors (living or dead) telling them how a book, poem, or play by that author affected them personally.
This year 723 students from West Virginia were among the nearly 40,000 students nationwide who wrote Letters About Literature. National screeners selected 117 of the West Virginia entries for state level judging, where judges, chosen by the West Virginia Center for the Book, determined the top letters in each competition level for the state. Entries for state level judging were selected on how well they met the required criteria of: audience, purpose, grammatical conventions, and originality.
More details and a full list of winners are available here.