If you have a child that loves to read and loves to write, try entering into a contest called “Letters About Literature”. It’s a contest where your child read a book & write a letter to the author (living or dead). My oldest one entered into this contest last year for the first time and she was selected as one of the semifinalists for the state of Indiana. Although she wasn’t one of the winners, it was a great honor to be selected as one of the semifinalists. As a semifinalist, my oldest was invited to attend a creative writing workshop and an awards ceremony at Indiana State Library. She had an amazing time and enjoyed every moment of it.
Each year, Indiana Center for the Book invites a local author special guest to the ceremony. Last year’s guest speaker was Mr. Troy Cummings. He gave an amazing speech. All of us were inspired by his speech. My girls were able to meet him and they received his autograph after the ceremony.
This contest is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress & by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation. Your child enters into the state level competition first. If he/she wins at the state level, then your child’s letter goes onto the national level competition. There is a chance to win cash awards as well. In Indiana, if your child gets selected as one of the semifinalists, he/she gets to attend a workshop, receives a free book and can attend a special award ceremony. I believe that over 1000 students entered into the contest last year in the state of Indiana and around 125 students were selected as semifinalists. Then top 3 winners were selected from each level. (Level1: 4th – 6th grades, Level 2: 7th & 8th grades, Level 3: 9th -12th grades).
For the 2015-2016 contest, the Level 3 deadline has passed. However, if you have 4th-8th graders, your child still has time to enter into the Level 1 (4th-6th grades) or Level 2(7th &8th grades) competitions. It’s absolutely FREE to enter! I just sent my daughter’s letter this morning. Your child just has to read a book and write a letter. And send it postmarked by Monday, January 11th, 2016. It is not a fan letter to a book author, so make sure that you read the directions on how to write this letter by visiting the website!
For more information, visit your state’s Center for the Book’s website. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully. It also tells you how to write this letter. Teachers, this is a great way to challenge your students. You can make this as your class project. This post was primarily written for the residents of Indiana based on my child’s experience entering into the contest. My child had an amazing experience, however, your experience may differ from hers. This blog is not associated with any sponsors of Letters about literature. As always, please do your own research before entering into the contest. Please be responsible for your own actions!
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Good luck everyone!