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Letters About Literature


The Letters About Literature competition, a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is supported locally by the West Virginia Center for the Book.  To enter, young readers write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Readers can select authors from any genre —fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The program has three competition levels: upper elementary, middle school, and secondary. The contest theme encourages young readers to explore his or her personal response to a book then express that response in a creative, original way.   

2018 Letters About Literature 

Entries will be accepted beginning November 1, 2017.  All entries must be postmarked by January 12, 2018

Submit Your Entry

Contest Information and Submission Form

Permission Release Form

 Key Links and Documents

Anthologies of Past Winners


Contact Information

If you have questions about Letters About Literature in West Virginia, please contact Heather Campbell-Shock by email or by telephone 304-558-2041.

Information on the national program is available from the Letters About Literature page of the Library of Congress website. ​​​​