Letters About Literature: Library of Congress National Writing Competition

The Center for the Book at the Library of
Congress invites students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the Letters About
Literature Writing Competition. Flex your reflective writing skills write a letter
to an author, living or dead, explaining how their work changeed your view of
yourself or your world. Winning students at preliminary levels are eligible for
prizes from their state’s Center for the Book. National winners will receive a
$1,000 cash award and National Honor winners will receive a $200 cash prize.
Students can enter one of three competition levels. Level one: grades four
five and six. Level two: grade seven and eight. And level three: grades 9 10 11 and
12. Entering is easy just follow these ten
simple steps. 1. Select the book that you read that makes you feel all the feels.
Essentially a book that made you pause ponder and feel something. 2 Imagine
sitting down with the author of this work and sharing your personal thoughts.
Your letter should be from the heart more like a private conversation rather
than the book report or a fan letter. 3. take note of specific details found in
the book. What made you laugh? Cry? Inspired you? Or made you want to take
action? 4. Gather your thoughts about what you read and the meaning you took
away from the author’s words. 5. Time to hit the keyboard. All letters must be
typed. Remember: Spelling, grammar and creative
connections to powerful points of view are key to winning letters. 6. Complete
the entry coupon and staple it to your printed letter. 7 Enclose your letter in
a large flat envelope. 8. Write your competition level on
the outside of the envelope, level 1 level 2, or level 3, depending on your
grade. Teachers, if you’re submitting for more than one level use a separate
envelope for each level. 9. Affix proper postage in mail your entry to: ————- 10. Have your teacher download your participation
certificate at read.gov/ letters and share your awesomeness with the
world. Teachers are invited to visit our resource page for lesson plans, tips and
to download our free teachers guide. For more information, including your state’s
contest deadline, visit read.gov/letters Letters About Literature is a
reflective writing competition sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for
the Book and presented in association with affiliate state centers for the
book with funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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