Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature

Students, educators, and families, join DC Public Library in promoting the joys of reading and writing by participating in the annual Letters About Literature contest.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.

Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are a student in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest. If you are an educator, consider submitting a class set of entries.

Click here for the 2014 Entry Guidelines.

  • Dec. 10, 2013 for Level 3: grades 9 – 12
  • Jan. 10, 2014 for Level 1: grades 4-6 and Level 2: grades 7 & 8
Letters About Literature is a project of The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with affiliate state Centers for the Book. As the DC Center for the Book, DC Public Library promotes literacy programs including the National Book Festival and Letters About Literature.

DC Public Library presents the Letters About Literature contest and its annual awards ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in partnership with these supporters.

DCPL Foundation
Junior League of Washington

 Center for the Book

Previous Winners
2013 winners