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Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students are asked to write to a favorite author—past or present—describing how that author’s work changed the reader’s view of the world. Readers respond to the book they’ve read by exploring the personal relationship between themselves, the author and the book’s characters or themes. Readers may select authors, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. A wide variety of books have inspired students whose letters were selected as New Hampshire semi-finalists in recent years.

How to enter

Students in grades 4-12 who are at least 9 years old are invited to enter the 2014 Letters About Literature competition. Letters must be submitted by the postmark deadline for the student's competition level (note that for the first time there are 2 different deadlines this year!) and must be submitted with the required entry coupon. Complete information, including the coupon, is inlcuded in the 2014 Entry Guidelines Adobe Acrobate.

Competition levels

  • Level I for students in grades 4-6
  • Level II for grades 7 and 8
  • Level III for grades 9-12 (note that we have returned to our pre-2013 competition levels)

Deadlines & Dates

  • Entries for Level III must be postmarked by December 10, 2013
  • Entries for Levels I and II must be postmarked by January 10, 2014
  • New Hampshire semi-finalists will be notified by mail in late March 2014
  • New Hampshire winners will be notified by mail in late April 2014
  • National Winners for 2014 will be announced by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in early May 2014.

Prizes

STATE LEVEL: The winning letter in New Hampshire on each competition level will be selected by a panel of New Hampshire judges and will receive a cash award of $100 from the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. These letters will then advance for national judging.

NATIONAL LEVEL: A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one National Honor on each competition level to receive a $200 cash award.

Questions?

If you have questions about Letters About Literature in New Hampshire please contact Mary Russell at 603-271-2866.

Past New Hampshire LAL Winners

Elizabeth Ross, a fifth grader at Infant Jesus School, wrote the 2013 Level I NH winning letter to Rick Riordan.

Jillian C. Perriello, a student in the eighth grade at Plainfileld Elementary School, wrote the 2013 Level II NH winning letter to Nicholas Sparks.

Maddie Brown , a sophomore at Lebanon High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2013 Level III NH winner to Stephen Crane.

Jaden Carrier, a fifth grader at Infant Jesus School, wrote the 2012 Level I NH winning letter to David Lubar .

Isabelle Todd, a student in the eighth grade at Oyster River Middle School, wrote the 2012 Level II NH winning letter to Natasha Friend.

Christopher Maloney, a senior at Goffstown High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2012 Level III NH winner to Christopher Paolini .

Drew L. Stetson, a fifth grader at Stratham Memorial School, wrote the 2011 Level I NH winning letter to Robert Frost.

Erin Angel Choate, a student at Lisbon Regional School, wrote the 2011 Level II NH winning letter to David Pelzer.

Jake Tinkham, a senior at Gilford High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2011 Level III NH winner to Brian Jacques.

A letter to Judy Blume from Kristin Chan, a fifth grader at Infant Jesus School (Nashua, NH), was selected as 2010 Level I NH winner.

Lauren Kiessling , a student at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School, wrote the 2010 Level II NH winning letter to Jodi Picoult.

Sarah Schott, a student at Belmont High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2010 Level III NH winner to John Irving.

A letter to Lois Lowry from Peyton Plante, a sixth grader at Three Rivers School, was selected as 2009 Level I NH winner.

Merisa Dion, an eighth grader at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, wrote the 2009 Level II NH winning letter to Allen Say.

A letter to Martha Tod Dudman from Heather Coen of Hopkinton was selected as the 2009 Level III NH winner.

A letter to Beverly Cleary from Angela Wang of Nashua, was chosen as the 2008 Level I NH winner.

A letter to Carolyn Mackler from Sydnie Spencer, a student at Oyster River Middle School, was the Level II 2008 New Hampshire winner.

A letter to Jodi Picoult from Livie Lane of Dover was the Level III New Hampshire winner for 2008.

Letter to Frances Hodgson Burnett from Marissa McCoo of Pembrook was chosen as the 2007 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Davida Wills Hurwin from Livie Lane of Dover was the Level II New Hampshire winner for 2007.

Letter to Anne Rice from Rachel Arnold, a student at Milford High School, was the Level III 2007 New Hampshire winner.

Letter to Natalie Babbitt from Izzy Starr of Hollis was chosen as the 2006 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Jenni Schaefer from Kylee Drugan-Eppich of Madbury was chosen as the 2006 NH Level II winner and as a runner-up in the national competition.

Letter to Rowland Sill from Steve Therrien of Exeter was the 2006 Level III NH winner.

Letter to Patricia Polacco from Shauna Casey, a homeschooled student from Salem, was chosen as the 2005 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Thornton Wilder from Evelyn Bulkeley, a student at the Runnemede School in Plainfield, was chosen as the 2005 Level II NH winner.

Letter to Candace Goldapper from Samantha Lo, a student at Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack, was chosen as the 2004 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Tamora Pierce from Helen H. Aki, a homeschooled student from Weare, was chosen as the 2004 Level II NH winner.

Letter to Stephanie S. Tolan from Zoe Cannon, a homeschooled student from Nottingham, was chosen as the 2004 Level III NH winner.

 

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