Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing competition that invites students in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors whose work has made a significant difference in their lives. Readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre -- fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic, poetry or short story -- explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels:

  • Level 1 for grades 4-6
  • Level 2 for grades 7-8
  • Level 3 for grades 9-12

Prizes are awarded to winners at each level. All State Winners' letters advance to the national round for judging and awards. View the full contest rules and guidelines for 2018 here.

Educators, click here to learn how your classroom can participate!

How to Enter:

Entries will be accepted November 1, 2018 through January 11, 2019

  1. Review the Letters About Literature contest rules and guidelines.
    1. Click here for educator resources, including lesson plans, for your classroom to participate.
    2. Click here to review the common FAQs

  2. Select an author whose work has made a significant difference in your life and compose your letter.

  3. Complete the online entry form (you may either type your letter into the electronic form, or upload a document)
    1. Please note: If a child is under the age of 13 as of 11/1/18, they are required to include a permission slip hand-signed by their parent or guardian when entering the contest.
    2. Click here to watch a video overview of the online submission process.

This program is sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. A program of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the North Carolina Center for the Book administers the North Carolina state program.