Letters about Literature Contest

Letters about Literature Contest
Posted on 12/04/2017
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2018 ContestEntry Information


Participation Guidelines:Students write to the author of a book, reflecting how that book changed their view of themselves or the world, with a chance to receive awards and recognition at the state and national levels.Maryland's state finalists and winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in the spring.


Entry Information:Mail your students' letters, along with acontest entryformfor each student, to the national office byJanuary 12, 2018 for all three levels—Level 1 grades 4-6; Level 2 grades 7-8; and Level 3 grades 9-12. Students may also submit individual entries using the same form.Complete guidelines are on the entry form.


NEW Mailing Address

Send your letters to:

Letters About Literature

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20540-4921


Teacher's Guide: TheLALnational officehas provided aTeaching Guidethat offers tipsfor working with your students on their letters and illustrates the contest's ties to Common Core State Standards.


Guidelines onLength of Entries: LAL judges do not count words. However, here are the ranges found in past entries.Entries for Level 1 should be no less than 100 words and no more than 500 words. Entries for Level 2 should be no less than 300 words and no more than 1000 words. Entries for Level 3 should be no less than 600 words and no more than 1500 words.


Prizes:State winners receive a cash award and advance to the national level of judging. One National Winner per competition level willreceive a $1,000 cash award. Judges will also select one National Honor per competition level to receive a $200 cash award.


Ready for this year's contest?


Printthe entry guidelines and entry form.