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26th Letters About Literature Writing and Reading Contest is Underway!


Letters About Literature is back for its 26th year. The annual letter writing and reading competition is sponsored by West Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the Library Commission. 

Students in grades four through twelve choose a book, poem or speech that has had an impact on their view of the world, their personal lives, or both.  Then they write a letter to the author, explaining why his or her work is important to them, and how it has affected them personally.  Entries are judged nationally, as well as on a statewide level.

Student entries are now being accepted and must be postmarked by January 11, 2019.  For more information on how students can take part in the program, please visit the Letters About Literature page.

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