Call for Student Entries in the 25th Annual Letters About Literature Writing Competition

Have you ever read a book that affected you and you wanted to write the author? Now is your chance to polish up your reflective writing skills and write a letter to an author – living or dead – explaining how his or her work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Students in grades four – 12 are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature contest.   Teachers may select this as a class project and enter their entire class or students can enter on their own.  To find out more about the contest and how to enter, go to the Center for the Book’s website.  Deadline for all entries is January 12, 2018.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Letters are judged on state and national levels.  National winners in each of the three competition levels receive a $1,000 cash award.

The Alabama Center for the Book sponsors the state competition and also presents cash prizes to the state winners. State semi-finalists, families and teachers will be invited to attend a state award ceremony held in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library at The University of Alabama in the spring.

A teaching guide with activities for teachers to direct students through the book discussion and letter-writing process can also be found on the website. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading and writing.

LAL is a reflective writing competition sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in association with affiliate State Centers for the Book with funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Alabama Center for the Book supports reading, literacy and other book-related activities in Alabama and promotes appreciation of regional writers.  The Center is a founding co-sponsor of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

For more information about the contest, contact Donna Adcock, Alabama state coordinator, at

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