About the 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 the 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 in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest. Entry deadline is January 11, 2019.

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 organization.

2018-2019 Call for Student Entries (pdf)
2018-2019 Official Rules (pdf)
2018-19_PermissionFormUnder 13 (pdf)
2018-19 Mail Entry Coupon (pdf)
To enter by mail complete an entry coupon for each entry and mail to:

Letters About Literature Alaska
Alaska Center for the Book
PO Box 242074
Anchorage, AK 99524

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