Letters about Literature

Letters About Literature Invites Students to Enter National Essay Contest

The 2016-2017 winners were recently announced! Click here to read the prize-winning letters by our State winners.

Sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Letters about Literature contest asks readers to write a letter to an author describing how his or her work touched their life in a personal way. Authors can be of any genre or time period and can come from any country. Prizes sponsored by Common Good Books.


Rules & Entry Forms

Official entry forms and guidelines for the Letters About Literature contest. Young readers may enter either through a school, classroom, teacher, or on his or her own. Includes instructions on how to enter and all rules that apply to the contest. Read the entry form and guidelines carefully to make sure you are entering in the correct category. Read More >>


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State Winners

Read the winning letters that captured the hearts of the judges from young readers around the state in the 2017 Letters About Literature contest. Read More >>


2011-mn-winnersPast State Winners

A list of past state winners and links to full letters.  Read the best of Minnesota’s Letters About Literature entries. Read More >>


Links & Resources

A list of links and resources for young readers as well as parents and educators. Read More >


Judging and notification

Judging and Notification of Winners

State winners are selected about mid-March and notified soon after. Selection of national winners occurs in April. Read More >