Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest.

The Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.

River of Words

River of Words

Look around you. See how your environment shapes the way you live and how you think about the world. Then write a poem or create a piece of art on what you discover. River of Words is an international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of Watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express themselves through poetry and art. The contest is open to any child in the world, 5-19 years of age.

A Book That Shaped Me Summer Writing Contest

A Book That Shaped Me

If you are a rising 5th or 6th grader and would like a chance to participate in the National Book Festival, think about entering the A Book That Shaped Me Summer Writing Contest, which encourages kids to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered through local public library summer reading programs, and top winners are honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September in Washington, DC.