Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 and is sponsored by the Center of the Book at the Library of Congress. 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. Entries are due in December or January.
There are three competition levels:
Participants mail their letters to the national contest administrator who coordinates two rounds of screening. Entries that make it through the national judging are forwarded to state coordinators for local judging. Members of Willamette Writers coordinate judging in Oregon. They select one winner, runner-up, and potentially some honorable mentions at each competition level. The letters from the three winners are then forwarded for inclusion in the final round of national judging. Oregon's honorees are announced in April or May, and an awards reception is usually held soon after that.