Virginia Center for the Book Announces 2018 Letters About Literature Contest

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2017 Letters About Literature winners Samantha Kiss (Chesapeake, VA; left) and Jocelyn Yee (Ashburn, VA; right) at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book opening ceremony on 3/22/17. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
2017 Letters About Literature winners Samantha Kiss (Chesapeake, VA; left) and Jocelyn Yee (Ashburn, VA; right) at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book opening ceremony on 3/22/17. Photo by Pat Jarrett.

The Virginia Center for the Book, a program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), announces the official launch of the 2018 Letters About Literature contest for students throughout the state of Virginia. Now in its 25th year, the contest encourages students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how a book affected them.

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and provides a creative way for students to engage with writing and authors. The contest also supplies materials for teachers to use as a method for addressing classroom curriculum standards.

Letters About Literature entries are judged on state and national levels, based on criteria of originality, grammatical conventions, purpose, and audience. For 2018, entries will be accepted through December 9, 2017, the statewide deadline for all grade levels. 

For more details, teacher resources, and official guidelines, please visit VaReads.org.

About Letters About Literature

The annual Letters About Literature writing contest for young readers is coordinated nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. For more details, visit Read.gov/Letters

About the Virginia Center for the Book

A program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book was established with the vision that every Virginian will have access to books and reading and to their power to shape and inform personal and civic life. As an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Virginia Center for the Book works within a network of fifty state-center affiliates to promote books, reading, literacy, and the literary life of Virginia. To learn more, visit VaReads.org.

About VFH

The mission of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) is to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH reaches an estimated annual audience of 23 million through Community Programs, Digital Initiatives, Scholarship, and the Virginia Center for the Book. For more information, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.