Judges and Prizes
Judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress select three national winners (one per competition level) who each receive a $1,000 cash award and three national second place winners (one per competition level) who each receive a $200 cash award.
In Oregon, local judges select one winner and one runner-up at each competition level. Judges select honorable mentions and semi-finalists at their discretion; therefore, the number varies from year to year. In 2015, Oregon had 13 honorable mentions and 105 semi-finalists. (A semi-finalist is any student who made it through the national screening but was not a winner, runner-up, or honorable mention in Oregon.) The three Oregon winners received a check for $100, three runners-up received a check for $50, honorable mentions received a $25 bookstore gift card, and semi-finalists received a $10 bookstore gift card.
In 2015, Hannah DesChamp, Oregon's Level III winner, was recognized as a National Honor Award recipient. Read her letter for a fine example of how a reader can connect with a poem.
In 2012, one of the National Honor Award recipients was from Oregon. Lucia Hadella, a national Level III honor award winner, selected Phoenix High School library to receive the $1,000 grant from Target. Lucia's letter is a great example to share with young readers interested in entering future Letters About Literature contests. You may read her letter or watch this video of her reading it aloud.
In 2011, Brecca Marvin from Vale, OR was featured on the national Letters About Literature envelope art web page. While creating artistic envelopes is not a requirement for entering this reading and writing contest, many students put a lot of their talent into it and deserve to have their hard work recognized.
In 2009, two of the National Honor Award recipients were from Oregon. Erikka Potts, a national Level II honor award winner, selected Parkrose Middle School library to receive the $1,000 grant from Target. Y Thien Hoang, a national Level III honor award winner, selected St. Mary's Academy library to receive the $1,000 grant from Target. The letters Y and Erikka wrote are wonderful examples to share with young readers interested in entering future Letters About Literature contests.
In 2008, one of the national winners from competition Level I (4th-6th grade) was from Oregon. Hunter Hastings selected the library at Cal Young Middle School to receive the $10,000 grant from Target. Hunter's letter is an excellent example for students thinking about entering future Letters About Literature contests. It is well-written, but most importantly, it is written straight from his heart.