Letters About Literature 2016

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to enter Letters About Literature, now in its 23rd year! 

Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students are asked to write to a favorite author—past or present—describing how that author’s work changed the reader’s view of the world. Readers respond to the book they’ve read by exploring the personal relationship between themselves, the author and the book’s characters or themes. Readers may select authors, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The competition is coordinated in New Hampshire by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library.
Competition Timeline
  • Entries will be accepted beginning November 2, 2015.
  • All entries MUST be accompanied by a complete and legible entry coupon, which is on the 2015-2016 GuidelinesAdobe Acrobate.
  • Letters entered at Level 3 (grades 9-12) must be postmarked by December 4, 2015.
  • Letters entered at Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) must be postmarked by January 11, 2016.
  • New Hampshire semi-finalists will be notified by mail in early April 2016.
  • A panel of New Hampshire judges will select one letterat each competiion level for the state prize (of $100).
  • New Hampshire's winning letters will be announced by May 1, 2016.
  • National winners will be announced in May 2016. 

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