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Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature 2015

The Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 28 in the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston, WV.

Note these important deadlines for students to submit letters for the contest:
  • Level 3 deadline is December 15, 2014 (postmark) 

  • Level 2 deadline is January 15, 2015

  • Level 1 deadline is January 15, 2015

We will post more information here about the contest as it is released.

If you have questions about Letters About Literature in West Virginia, please contact Robert L Gibson at 304-558-3978.

  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.

Photos of the 2014 WV winners are available on Flickr

Key Links and Documents

Anthologies of Past Winners

Contact Information

Information on the national program is available from the Letters About Literature page of the Library of Congress website.