Letters About Literature 2015


Washington State's Letters About Literature 2015

The Letters About Literature contest encourages young readers in grades 4-12 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 will be 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 and the three winning letters advance to the national competition.  The three state champions will receive a $125 cash prize and the champions, runners up, and honorable mention letter writers will be honored at an awards ceremony in the spring.

Entries may be submitted through a school or library, or individually.  Individual entries must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Letters About Literature Participation Guidelines and Entry Form

Entry Deadlines

Level 3 (grades 9-12) letters must be postmarked by December 15, 2014.

Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) letters must be postmarked by January 15, 2015.

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, and The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.  This is the tenth year that the Washington State Library has sponsored the contest as part of Washington Reads.

To learn more about the Letters About Literature contest at the national level, visit the Letters about Literature National Homepage on The Center for the Book's website.  Included on the national contest website is a link to a Teaching Guide that teachers may find useful.  According to the website, "The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their 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 national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists."  

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

Washington's Letters About Literature 2013-2014
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