:Letters About Literature:
The Georgia Center for the Book, in partnership with the Center for the Book in Washington, DC and Dollar General Literacy Foundation, sponsor this annual, national student competition. Now, in the 27th year, Letters About Literature asks students in grades 4-12 to write a letter to the author ,living or dead, whose work has impacted their lives, or influenced their view of the world. Thousands of students from around the state have participated in Letters About Literature since 2002. Georgia receives approximately 1,000 letters each year. Entries are judged at the state and national level in three age categories. Georgia has produced five national winners including two in the 2012 competition.
The Georgia Center for the Book recognizes and awards prizes to winning Georgia participants in all three levels of competition. Prizes are awarded to the First, Second, and Third-place winners in each level. Prizes are awarded at a ceremony each Spring. First place winners are forwarded to the National Competition.
The Library of Congress will announce all National and National Honorable Mention Winners and will publish all state-level winners on its website.
National Winners in each competition level will receive a $2,000 cash award; National Honorable Mention Winners in each competition level will receive a $500 cash award; Check read.gov/letters for details on state awards and ceremonies.
Please note that the format for submissions has changed. Letters should be submitted electronically via the Library of Congress’ submission platform. Paper entries will be phased out of the competition. Students under the age of 13 will need to submit a parental permission form along with their entry.