Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing program administered in the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The program asks students to write letters to authors whose work has made a significant difference in their lives.
In 2014, we return to the customary THREE categories for entries.
Level I -- Grades 4 through 6
Level II -- Grades 7 and 8
Level III -- Grades 9 through 12
- A national screening committee will select the semi-finalists from among all Commonwealth entries.
- Those semi-finalists will be sent to the Massachusetts judges who will select one award winner in each category.
- That award winner (our "top honors" writer) will represent Massachusetts in the national competition.
- Massachusetts will also name up to 10 honors writers in each category, representing the top one to two percent of letters received in the year in each level.
- The Massachusetts Center for the Book will hold its annual awards ceremony at the State House for the top honors and honors writers. Awards include books, totebags, and certificates of honor.
IMPORTANT: Please note the new deadlines for submission of letters specified in the guidelines. Also please pay special attention to the requirement that all submissions follow the personal (i.e. "friendly") letter format. You can view a sample of the letter format HERE.
Teachers: You may download a Word document that includes 3 entry coupons HERE. If you "enable editing" you will be able to type in your contact information on the coupons before printing out enough copies to attach to your students' letters.
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Last updated September 19, 2014