Student Literary Awards

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The Student Literary Awards honor the Colorado winners of Letters About Literature and River of Words, two national competitions presented each year by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book in affiliation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Congratulations to our Colorado Letters About Literature 2017 winners and our Colorado River of Words 2017 winners.

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Our 14th annual Student Literary Awards ceremony was held on May 12, 2017, 2-4 p.m. at the Denver Public Library's main branch. A record crowd of nearly 200 people, including parents, teachers and educators from across the state helped celebrate the winning students.

Awards to winners in the state River of Words competition were selected by artist Rik Sargent, retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, and Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison. Authors Teague Bohlen, Stephanie Blake, Rondi Frieder, Peggy Tibbetts, Judith Robbins Rose and Leah Basoff selected winners for the Letters About Literature competition.

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