Letters About Literature Writing Competition

Click here for a list of 2017 winners!

Read Letters About Literature judge Rondi Frider's blog post about this competition and the importance of books in the lives of today's youth.

New!  Teachers and students, click here for assessment information and writing samples.

See the 2016 Winners' List here.

Students in grades 4-12.

A writing competition where students each write a personal letter to an author, poet or playwright, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how their ways of thinking about the world or themselves have changed as a result of reading the author's work.

Each year, Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, in affiliation with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, implements Letters About Literature in Colorado. Colorado Humanities receives Letters About Literature entries from the national office, administers the Colorado judging, and coordinates our Student Literary Awards for the winners in the spring.   

Winners are announced in the spring and receive cash awards at the national and state levels. The work of Colorado winners is published in Colorado Humanities' annual Student Literary Awards Anthology. National winners win a Reading Promotion Grant for a community library of their choice!

Students throughout Colorado are encouraged to enter the competition. The Colorado winners of Letters About Literature are recognized each spring at Colorado Humanities' annual award ceremony, the Student Literary Awards.

How Much
All events are free to participate, enter and win.

Deadline for Levels 1 and 2 (grades 4-6 and 7-8) is January 9, 2017.  
Deadline for Level 3 (grades 9-12) is December 2, 2016.

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Letters About Literature Guidelines and Entry Coupon

Letters About Literature Teacher Guide

Purchase the 2013-2016 Student Literary Awards Anthology

For more information contact Marnie Lansdown, 303.894.7951 x18, Fax 303.864.9361, lansdown@coloradohumanities.org.

If you love letters, you may also enjoy Letters of Note, a website dedicated to gathering and displaying all sorts of interesting letters, postcards, telegrams and memos.

Thank you to our Letters About Literature sponsors!