Literature Contest 

2013 Letters About Literature Contest - Guidelines & Entry Form


Teachers: Are you looking for an engaging classroom activity that fosters reading, writing, and critical thinking in your students? Have them take the writing challenge! Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-10.

Participation Guidelines

Students are encouraged to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world.

There are three competition levels for 2013 (note: students in grades 11 and 12 are not eligible to compete at the state or national level this year):

·   Level 1: Grades 4-6

·   Level 2: Grades 7-8

·   Level 3: Grades 9-10

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Maryland state finalists and winners will be honored in the spring with cash prizes for first and second place winners at each level. The first place winner for each level advances to the national competition. 

Entry Information

Mail your students' letters, along with a contest entry form for each student, to the national office postmarked by Friday, January 11, 2013. Students may also submit individual entries using the same form. See complete guidelines on our website. Student entries for Level 1 should be no less than 100 words and no more than 400 words. Entries for Level 2 should be no less than 300 words and no more than 600 words. Entries for Level 3 should be no less than 500 words and no more than 800 words.

Awards for Teachers

Every year, an outstanding participating educator is recognized at the ceremony with the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award. Read more about the award here.

For more information

The state coordinator is Andrea Lewis: or 410-685-6161. Or, visit the national website

LAL is one of the signature programs of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is coordinated locally by the Maryland Center for the Book. 

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