Writing Contest

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Writing Contest

Writing Contest

Hey, kids, here's a writing contest sponsored by the Library of Congress that you may want to enter. Deadline is December 6. Good luck!




Students in Grades 4-12 Invited to Write a Letter to an Author Who Influenced Their Life


The postmark entry deadline for Letters About Literature (LAL), a nationwide writing contest that celebrates the relationship between young readers and authors, is Dec. 6. Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in association with Target, LAL invites students on three competition levels (elementary, middle school and secondary) to write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work somehow changed the reader’s view of the world or of himself or herself.


Each year, LAL awards more than 150 state-level prizes. Additionally, the program selects six national winners, each of whom will earn for their community or school library a $10,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant. Twelve national honorable mention winners each will earn a $1,000 grant for the community or school library of their choice.


Teachers and librarians can download the how-to-enter guidelines from the LAL Web site, www.lettersaboutliterature.org . Free teaching materials, including lesson plans, writing samples and assessment checklists, are also available at this site.


The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. 


The Center for the Book was established by Congress in 1977 to use these resources to promote books, reading and literacy. With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading. The center’s Books and Beyond author series brings writers of all genres to the Library of Congress to discuss their work.


LAL supports national standards for teaching language arts and reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association.

submitted by Muffin, age Don't be r, Cricket Country
(November 6, 2008 - 3:34 pm)

Oooh!  Cool!  I might enter!!  All of my favorite authors are dead, though....

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(November 6, 2008 - 6:25 pm)

Could it be your favourite author? And you don't tell were to send it.

submitted by Bekah P., age 11(almost , North Dakota
(November 7, 2008 - 7:42 am)

To find out how to enter, you need to go to the guidelines at 

submitted by Muffin
(November 8, 2008 - 8:49 am)

OH, AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):D:D:D:D:D That's SO AWESOME!:):):) I'm SO going to enter!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!:), California
(November 7, 2008 - 4:54 pm)

Not to be off topic, but Muffin? Two things. One: I love your name. Two: Why does everyone like Ladybug? You are so the coolest bug ever!  The contest looks cool, but I might pass... I'm not the best writer.

-Kat :3

submitted by Kathy W., age 11, Ohio
(January 17, 2009 - 10:13 pm)

I did that once! It is really fun; we used to have a Writing Club and every month we'd come and share our letters.

submitted by Wolfgang, age 13,
(March 27, 2009 - 10:33 am)