Letters About Literature 2013


Washington State's Letters About Literature 2013

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.  This is the eighth year the Washington State Library has sponsored the competition as part of Washington Reads.

The entry deadline was January 11, 2013.  The Washington state winners will be announced in April and awards ceremony details are pending.

Readers in grades 4-10 write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on 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.  State judges will select the top letter writers in Washington, who then advance to the national competition.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-10.  One letter from each level from each state is entered into the national competition. 

Washington State Judges

Level 1 - Kelly Milner Halls, author, Spokane; Melisa Sevall, reference librarian, Washington State Library, 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 Secretary of State, Olympia; Mary V. Thornton, Library Manager, Timberland Regional Library, Hoquiam; Jess Walter, author, Spokane.

For more information about Washington's Letters About Literature contest, please email [email protected] or call Crystal Lentz at 360-704-5275.

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

To read about the Letters About Literature contest at the national level, please click here:
Letters About Literature - National Home Page
Letters About Literature - Center for the Book - Library of Congress

To learn about Washington's past Letters About Literature contests, including national and state winners and annual award ceremonies, and to read the winning letters, please click on the links below:

Washington's previous contests:
Washington's Letters About Literature 2005-2006
Washington's Letters About Literature 2006-2007
Washington's Letters About Literature 2007-2008
Washington's Letters About Literature 2008-2009
Washington's Letters About Literature 2009-2010
Washington's Letters About Literature 2010-2011
Washington's Letters About Literature 2011-2012