Letters About Literature



Letters About Literature 2021 logoWyoming Letters About Literature Contest Now Open

The 2020-21 Wyoming Letters About Literature Contest opened on November 1. Entries will be accepted postmarked through January 9, 2021.

Official guidelines and entry form

This state-level contest encourages students to read, be inspired, and write back to their favorite authors. Letters About Literature asks students to respond to a book, rather than simply report on it. What matters most is the connection the student makes with the author’s words and the impact it has on that student’s life and how they see the world.

Both individual and classroom entries are welcome.

Teacher’s Guide

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

Promotional Posters

Help spread the word. Download and print our promotional posters below and post them in your school, library, or any other location where you might reach teens and tweens.

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All ages
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Letters About Literature thumbnail of poster for grades 4-6

Grades 4-6
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Grades 7-8
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Grades 9-12
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Letters About Literature 2020 Winners

Looking for examples of what a winning letter might look like? Read the top letters from last year here.

LEVEL 3: Grades 9-12

LEVEL 2: Grades 7-8

LEVEL 1: Grades 4-6

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.