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Letters About Literature 2014

Washington State's Letters About Literature 2014

Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves.  Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.  Entries in Spanish are accepted and translated for the Washington State judges.  Letter writers compete at three levels: Level 1 is grades 4-6, Level 2 is grades 7-8, and Level 3 is grades 9-12.  State judges select the top letter writer in each level, who then advance to the national competition.  This is the ninth year the Washington State Library has sponsored the competition as part of Washington Reads.

The entry deadline for this year's contest was December 10, 2013 for Level 3 (grades 9-12) letters and January 10, 2014 for Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) letters.  Level 3 letters received by the January 10th deadline are included in the contest.  The Washington State winners will be announced in April and awards ceremony details are pending.

Washington State Judges

Level 1 - Kelly Milner Halls, author, Spokane; Melisa Sevall, office assistant, Olympia; Mark Wessel, Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Seattle.

Level 2 - Susan Austin, retired middle school librarian, Chehalis; Betty Gard, retired university librarian, Seattle; Patrick Roewe, Branch Services Manager, Spokane County Library District, Spokane.

Level 3 - Sam Reed, former WA Secretary of State; Sharma Shields, author, Spokane; Mary V. Thornton, Library Manager, Timberland Regional Library, Hoquiam.

For more information about Washington's Letters About Literature contest, please contact Crystal Lentz at crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov or 360-704-5275.

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, as part of Washington Reads.  Letters About Literature is also sponsored by the The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.  

To learn more about the Letters About Literature Contest at the national level, please click here: Letters About Literature - National Homepage

To find out about Washington's participation in past Letters About Literature contests and to read winning letters, please click on the links below:

Washington's Letters About Literature 2012-2013
Washington's Letters About Literature 2011-2012
Washington's Letters About Literature 2010-2011
Washington's Letters About Literature 2009-2010
Washington's Letters About Literature 2008-2009
Washington's Letters About Literature 2007-2008
Washington's Letters About Literature 2006-2007
Washington's Letters About Literature 2005-2006