Letters about Literature

Letters About Literature Invites Students to Enter National Essay Contest

The Minnesota Center for the Book, along with local cosponsor the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, invites Minnesota students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the annual Letters About Literature essay contest. The 2016-2017 contest opens November 2, 2016. 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 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.

 Minnesota Letters About Literature activities are supported through a generous grant from Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

December 2, 2016 is the deadline for students in grades 9-12.
January 9, 2017 is the deadline for students in grades 4-8.

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

Lists of the top three finalists in each level as well as excerpts from the letters and links to the full letters. Read more about the best of the letters written to authors from young readers around the state in the 2013 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 >