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.  State semifinalists will receive an award certificate in the mail.

The entry deadlines for this year's contest were December 15, 2014 for Level 3 (grades 9-12) letters and January 15, 2015 for Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (greades 7-8) letters.  The Washington State winners will be announced on or before April 15, 2015 and an awards ceremony for the state champions, runners up, and honorable mentions will take place on May 15, 2015.

Washington State Judges

Level 1 - Kelly Milner Halls, author, Spokane; Jonathan Potter, Librarian, Eastern Washington University, Cheney; Jan Walsh, Former WA State Librarian, Olympia.

Level 2 - Susan Austin, retired middle school librarian, Chehalis; Betty Gard, retired university librarian, Seattle; Lenora Rain-Lee Good, author, Kennewick.

Level 3 - Sam Reed, former WA Secretary of State, Olympia; 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, 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.

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