Letters About Literature

Wyoming Letters About Literature Contest Closed

The 2019-2020 Wyoming Letters About Literature contest closed to entries on January 11, 2020. We anticipate notifying winners in April. The 2021 contest will open late this Fall.

Competition is held at the state level only. The Library of Congress concluded its support of Letters About Literature with the 2018-19 contest.

About the Contest

Letters About Literature is a state-level 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.

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 Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Teaching Resources

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 below for examples.Questions about Letters About Literature?Contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

2018-19 Letters About Literature State Winners

Our congratulations go to the students who submitted the winning letters for last year’s Letters About Literature contest. Competition was fierce! All students who entered are commended for their fine efforts. We’ve also compiled a reading list of all the titles that the students chose this year, if you’d like to see which books mean the most to young readers.

LEVEL I: Grades 4-6

LEVEL II: Grades 7-8

LEVEL III: Grades 9-12