Letters About Literature 2018-19 official rules and details are now available! Entries will be accepted online starting on November 1, 2018. Please note that the online submission forms will not be live on the submission platform until November 1, 2018.
For deadlines, online submission forms and more information, select your state:
- 2018-19 Call for Student Entries (PDF)
- 2018-19 Official Rules (PDF)
- 2018-19 Permission Form for Students Under 13 (PDF)
- Watch our video series for guidance on participating in Letters About Literature and writing your letter. Watch here
- A video walkthrough of the online submission process for students, teachers and parents is embedded in the instructions section of each online submission form and is also available at this link: https://youtu.be/DEjkwyfTPY4.
About the Contest
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, short story, poem, essay, or speech (excluding song lyrics) and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest.
The 2018-19 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.
Dear Rick Riordan:
...Nico’s struggle with accepting himself really resonated with me, and still does to this day. The first time I read it, I was probably twelve, and going through a struggle of my own. Like Nico, I was trying to navigate my own sexual orientation, and I was having trouble coming to grips with it. But when I saw I wasn’t alone in this, and that it was okay to feel how I felt, I really started to both accept myself and be proud of who I was. You never know how helpful it is to see someone going through the same things you are, even if it’s in a book...
2018 National Honor Award Winner – Level 2