Letters About Literature

Letters about Literature 2018-2019

The Utah State Library, in cooperation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, invites students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the 26th annual Letters About Literature national writing contest.

To enter, students read a book and write a 400 to 800 word letter to the author (living or dead) about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students may write about works of fiction, nonfiction, a short story, poem, essay, or speech.

Letter writers compete at three levels:

 Level 1: Grades 4-6
 Level 2: Grades 7-8
 Level 3: Grades 9-12

How to Enter

Deadline: January 11, 2019

 Call for Student Entries
 Official Rules
 Permission Form for Students Under 13
 Enter Online

About Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Letters About Literature is a program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Awards are given at the state and national level. The Utah State Library administers the Letters About Literature program for the state of Utah.


Sharon Deeds
 801-715-6742 or 800-662-9150 (Utah Toll-Free)