Letters About Literature National Contest Ends

After 27 years, the Letters About Literature national reading and writing contest, co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the state centers for the book, will end with the conclusion of the 2019 program.

The Library of Congress has decided to step away from the administration of the program and give the state centers full control of the Letters About Literature program.

At its peak, more than 70,000 students entered their letters each year and wrote about how books changed their lives for the better.  More than 1 million students in grades 4-12 were touched over the life span of the contest.

“Due to the short notice, The Alabama Center for the Book has made the difficult decision not to continue the program this fall, but will look at reinstating the program or a similar program in the future,” said Donna Adcock, director.

 “I have had the privilege of working with many students, teachers and parents during the past 10 years.

“Meeting the students, their teachers and families at the Alabama Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony is always a highlight of the year.”

More than 200 Alabama students entered the national contest this past year.

The Alabama Center for the Book has been housed in the University Libraries at The University of Alabama since 2010. The Center 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. 

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