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2016-17 Contest Opens Nov. 2

Entries will be accepted for the 2016-17 Letters About Literature reading and writing contest beginning Nov. 2, 2016. Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading/writing promotion program 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. You can download the guidelines and read winning letters on the Library of Congress website.

Postmark entry deadlines for the 2016-17 contest:

  • Level 3 (grades 9-12): Dec. 2, 2016
  • Level 2 (grades 7-8): Jan. 9, 2017
  • Level 1 (grades 4-6): Jan. 9, 2017

Letters are judged on state and national levels. Wyoming winners in each level will receive a $150 Amazon gift card for 1st place, $100 card for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.

Classroom entries are welcome. A teaching guide is available that provides activities and addresses how the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading, and writing.

Questions may be directed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Visit the Official Letters About Literature website