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Letters About Literature


To Participate

The Oregon State Library coordinated the Letters About Literature program from 1998 through 2015,
and Willamette Writers took over after that. 

Congratulations to the 2015-16 Oregon honorees

For the entry form and contest guidelines for the 2016-17 school year, check the Willamette Writers
in the fall. Contest information can also be found on the national Letters About Literature

Entries are usually due in December for older students and January for younger ones.

About the Contest

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: 
  • Level I for grades 4-6
  • Level II for grades 7-8
  • Level III for grades 9-12 
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.

If you have questions about participating in Letters About Literature, please contact the individual listed on the Willamette Writers website.