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Letters About Literature

The Contest

Letters about Liberature 2014 Deadlines and Important Dates

  • The postmark deadline for submissions to the LAL competition is: 

    • Level Three (grades 9-12) - the deadline is December 10, 2013. 

    • Level One (grades 4-6) and Level Two (grades 7 & 8) the deadline is January 10, 2014

  • The awards ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Please also note this important link: Letters About Literature 2014 Contest Rules and Guidelines

Books have wings. You can't see them, but they are there just the same. On books' wings, readers can soar to new places where they meet intriguing characters and experience exciting adventures. But a book's wings can also help a reader rise above difficult situations, like peer pressure, bullying or prejudice, or to cope with disappointment and loss.

Letters About LiteratureHave you ever felt the power and lift of literature? Has one book, or perhaps one author, inspired you to change your view of yourself or of the world? If so, we encourage you to enter the Letters About Literature writing competition. All you have to do is write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work affected you.

Competition Levels

The contest has three competition levels:
  • Level I—grades 4-6
  • Level II—grades 7-8
  • Level III—grades 9-12 

State and National Prizes

National Level Judges for The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select six (6) National Winners (2 per Level of Competition) and twelve (12) National Honorable Mention Winners (4 per Level of Competition). Winners will receive a cash award and advance to the national level judging. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one second place winner on each competition level to receive a $150 cash award.

Information on WV winners at the state level will be available soon.

Key Links and Documents

Anthologies of Past Winners

Contact Information

Download additional information regarding the national program from the Letters About Literature page of the Library of Congress website.