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2016 North Carolina winners announced!


Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing competition that invites students in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors whose work has made a significant difference in their lives.

About the contest

Readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre -- fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic, poetry or short story -- explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.


In 2015-16 there were three competition levels in each state: Level 1 for grades 4-6; Level 2 for grades 7-8; and Level 3 for grades 9-12. Prizes are awarded to winners at each level. All State Winners' letters advance to the national round for judging and awards.


The program is sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The North Carolina Center for the Book administers the North Carolina state program.

More information

To find out more about the program and how your school or individual student can participate, please visit the Letters About Literature site for complete contest rules and teacher resources, including lesson plans and entry forms.