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Letters About Literature

Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.

Polish up your reflective writing skills and write a letter to an author – living or dead – explaining how his or her work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Deadline (all competition levels): January 11, 2019

Enter one of three competition levels:
   Level 1: Grades 4, 5 and 6
   Level 2: Grades 7 and 8
   Level 3: Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12​

Contact Information: For questions at the national level, please go to or call (202) 707-5221.

Teachers: Please go to​ to review the online teacher’s resource page for specific tips and to download our free Teacher’s Guide. Teachers may submit class sets online by using one account and completing the online submission form for each entry.

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