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A National Reading and Writing Promotional Program for children and young adults.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with and in cooperation with affiliate state centers for the book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre-- fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.

To view rules and guidelines for submission as well as contest deadlines click here.

Download Teachers' Guides and Common Core documents.

View images of past Letters About Literature Ceremonies: 2012, 2013, 2014