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Letters About Literature

  • Topic: Read, Be inspired, Write back
    • Have you ever felt the power of literature? Has one book - or perhaps one author - inspired you to change your view of yourself or of the world?
    • Select a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story, poem, essay or speech you have read and about which you have strong feelings. Explore those feelings and why you reacted the way you did during or after reading the author's work. Consider one or more of these questions when writing your letter:
      • Did the characters, conflict or setting mirror your life in some way?
      • What strengths or flaws do you share with a character or characters in the book?
      • What did the book show you about your world that you never noticed before?
      • What surprised you about yourself while you were reading this book?
      • Why was the work meaningful to you?
    • Write a personal letter (not a fan letter or a book report!) Express yourself in a letter to the author. Write honestly and in your own voice, as if you were having a conversation with the author. Keep in mind these two guidelines:
        • Correspond, don't compliment! Your entry should inform rather than flatter the author.
        • Do not summarize the book's plot. The author wrote the book and already knows what happened. What the author doesn't know is how the book affected you!
  • Eligibility: Grades 9 - 12
  • Length: 500 - 800 words
  • One entry per student
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an "Entry Coupon" (See Mrs. Stoner in the WC for an entry coupon and contest guidelines.)
  • Entry must be styled in letter format with a return address including your full name and complete address (including City, State, and Zip)
  • Awards:
    • State level - cash award
    • National level - $1,000 cash award
    • National Honor Winner - $200 cash award

Click here to visit the Letters About Literature web page.

DEADLINE: December 10, 2014

Last Modified on May 22, 2014