Letters About Literature

About the Contest

Letters About Literature is a state-level reading/writing promotion program from the Wyoming Center for the Book at Wyoming Humanities. Students in grades 4-12 can enter when they read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.

Download the guidelines to learn more. Deadline to enter is February 18, 2022

Students compete in three age categories: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8), and Level 3 (grades 9-12). At each age level, Wyoming winners will receive an Amazon gift card worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third.

Questions may be directed to Lucas Fralick at Wyoming Humanities at lucas@thinkwy.org or (307) 660-0729.

Wyoming Letters About Literature 2021 Winners

LEVEL 1: Grades 4-6

LEVEL 2: Grades 7-8

LEVEL 3: Grades 9-12

  • 1st place: Natalie Konowicz, Cheyenne
    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    (Letter withheld upon request.)
  • 2nd place: Sarah Schweitzer, Jackson
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    (Letter withheld upon request.)
  • 3rd place: Luke Condie, Powell
    Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
    (Letter withheld upon request.)
  • Honorable Mention: Jessica Baron
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    Read Jessica’s letter

Teaching ResourcesCover of WYOMING LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE Teaching Guide, with image of letters tied with brown string

The Teaching Guide will walk your students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading and writing. Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists. Students may also wish to read the letters from last year’s winners for examples.

Questions about Letters About Literature? Contact Lucas Fralick at Wyoming Humanities at lucas@thinkwy.org or (307) 660-0729.