Do you love reading? Check out the Letters About Literature Contest!
To enter, entrants must write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Students can select authors from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary, or classic. Sponsored by the Library or Congress’s Center for the Book and Target Stores, the reading and writing competition is open to kids in grades four through 12.
Judges representing each state will select the top essayists in three competition levels: Level I for readers in grades four through six; Level II for readers in grades seven and eight; and Level III for readers in grades nine through 12. Entries will be assessed according to three criteria: the writer’s ability to address the content theme, language skill, and style and originality.
State winners will receive a $50 Target gift card and will advance to the national competition. A panel of judges from the Center for the Book will select six national winners (two per competition level) and 12 national runners-up (four per competition level).
Each national winner will receive a $500 Target gift card and a Reading Promotion Grant of $10,000 for their school or community library—and have say in how the library funds will be spent. Each national runner-up will receive a $100 Target gift card and a Reading Promotion Grant of $1,000 for his or her school or community library.
The deadline for entries for the contest is December 14. To obtain a required entry coupon and a copy of “how to enter” guidelines, participants can visit the Letters About Literature Web site at www.loc.gov/letters or contact the national program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.