Students in grades 4 to 12 are asked to write as if 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. A wide variety of books have inspired students whose letters were selected as New Hampshire semi-finalists in recent years.
Deadline for Level III (grades 9-12) is December 2, 2016
Deadline for Level II (grades 7-8) and Level I (grades 4-6) is January 9, 2017
will be judged at each of the three competition levels and a state winner chosen at
each level. New Hampshire's winning letters will each be awarded a $100.
cash prize and will be sent on to the national competition. State winners will be notified in April 2017.
Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library
Established in 2003 it is the mission of the Center to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State.
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