26th Annual Letters About Literature National Writing Contest

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26th Annual Letters About Literature National Writing Contest

2019 DC Letters About Literature

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"How did an author’s work change your view of the world and yourself?” 

Participate in this year’s Letters About Literature writing competition to answer that question. 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 the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. 

The deadline for Washington, D.C. entries is Jan. 11, 2019. DC Public Library awards first- second-, and third-place winners in three levels: high school, middle school and elementary. PLEASE NOTE: Washington, D.C. will not accept mail entries.

The 2018-19 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.