The Wyoming State Library invites students in grades 4-12 to enter the 2018-19 Letters About Literature writing contest. Prizes are offered at the state and national levels. The contest opens November 1; postmark or Submittable submission deadline for Wyoming entrants is January 11, 2019.
Guidelines, entry form, and a teaching guide are available at read.gov/letters. To enter, individual students read a book that inspires them or shows them a new way to see the world. Each then writes to the author (living or dead) to share how the book affected his or her life.
Letters will be judged in three levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. Wyoming winners in each of these levels will receive a $150 Amazon gift card for 1st place, $100 gift card for 2nd place, and $50 gift card for 3rd place. First place winners will advance to national competition.
Both classroom and individual entries are welcome. The teaching guide provides activities and addresses how the program can dovetail with curriculum for reading and writing. More information and ready-to-print contest promotion posters are available on the Wyoming State Library website at library.wyo.gov/services/literacy/letters-about-literature.
Questions may be directed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library outreach librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-5915.