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25th Letters About Literature Contest to Announce Winners


​The West Virginia Center for the Book will hold the 2018 Letters About Literature awards ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program, supported locally by the WV Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission. 
This year, 678 students from West Virginia were among the more than 40,000 students nationwide who participated in Letters About Literature.  National screeners selected 62 of the West Virginia entries for state level judging.  Judges, chosen by the West Virginia Center for the Book, determined the top letters in each competition level for the state.  Entries for state level judging were selected on how well they met the required criteria of: audience, purpose, grammatical conventions, and originality.
Students in grades 4-12 wrote letters to authors (living or dead) telling them how a book, poem, or play by that author affected them personally.  “Students are often deeply impacted by the books they read, and these letters explain how personal and meaningful the written word can be,” explained Karen Goff, Executive Secretary of the West Virginia Library Commission.

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