Letters About Literature Award Ceremony 2016

Letters About Literature Award Ceremony Scheduled for May 14

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Center for the Book will host the 2016 Letters About Literature Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 11:00 am in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library in room 205 at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  State winners, semi-finalists, families, and teachers are invited to attend the ceremony.  Author Jeff Weddle will be the guest speaker.

Weddle’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in many print and online publications. His latest book is a short story collection, When Giraffes Flew(Southern Yellow Pine, 2015). He won the Eudora Welty Prize for Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). Jeff’s other books include a poetry collection, Betray the Invisible (OEOCO, 2010) and, as co-author, The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age (Information Today, 2012). He is an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.

All students will receive a certificate.  Student winners in each level will receive cash prizes. The first place winner in each level will compete at the national level.

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.

List of Alabama Winners

Level 1 (grades 4-6)

First Place
Caileigh Moose (4th grade)
Highlands School, Birmingham
Teacher: Janie Fahey
Second Place
Caroline Reddington (5th grade)
Highlands School, Birmingham
Teacher: Anna Shelley
Third Place
Jeana Strickland (6th grade)
Chelsea Middle School, Chelsea
Teacher: Brittany Beatty


Level 2 (grades 7 & 8)

First Place
Lexie Fowler (8th grade)
Berry Middle School; Hoover
Teacher: Alison Parker
Second Place
Ella Russell (7th grade)
Liberty Park Middle School, Vestavia Hills
Teacher:Linda Rummell
Third Place
JHunter Grace Fairfax (8th grade)
Berry Middle School, Hoover
Teacher: Alison Parker


Level 3 (grades 9-12)

First Place
Ariana Cherry (10th grade)
Wenonah High School (Wenonah College Writer’s Program), Birmingham
Teacher:Dr. Fred Ashe
Second Place
Victoria Terry (9th grade)
Wordsmiths Writing Program, Birmingham
Teacher:Gin Phillips
Third Place
Juahmun Sturgeon (10th grade)
Wenonah High School (Wenonah College Writer’s Program)
Teacher: Dr. Fred Ashe