2019 LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE – NATIONAL READING AND WRITING CONTEST
Letters About Literature is an annual national reading and writing program, sponsored by The Library of Congress, that invites students to read a book, poem, or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world. Students can enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.
There are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8 and Level III for grades 9-12. One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award. Teachers/Librarians of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase materials for their school/public library. Winners and teachers/librarians will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield. The state winners’ letters will be forwarded for national judging.
Students in Illinois have successfully entered this contest for many years and in 2017 two students from Illinois were national winners! You can read their entries below. Visit these websites for more information about how to enter, and to read winning entries from students in Illinois and across the country.
http://read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2018/letters/levelone-haynes.ht... 2017 national winner level I (grades 4-6)
http://read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2018/letters/leveltwo-johnson.html 2017 national winner level II (grades 7-8)