Every year powerful statements such as these are written by students from all over Washington State. The Letters About Literature contest encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. 2016 marks the eleventh year that the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored the contest as part of Washington Reads. Washington is a strong state in the contest routinely receiving over 3000 entries every year.
The contest has a tremendous impact on students and their appreciation for the books they read. Here’s what last year’s winners had to say about the contest.
The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to 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.
There were approximately 3,400 Washington students whose letters made it to round 1 judging in the 2013 contest. 325 semifinalists advanced to round 3 state judging. All state semifinalists will receive an award certificate in the mail.
From the 325 Washington semifinalists, the state judges selected three champions, three second place runners up, and twenty-one honorable mentions. The three champions’ letters have been sent to the Library of Congress for the national competition. The results of the national judging will be released in late April.
There will be a ceremony in the Columbia Room at the State Capitol in Olympia on May 24th at 1:30 in the afternoon to recognize the state champions, second place runners up, and honorable mentions.
Thank you to all the students, teachers, librarians, and families who participate in Washington’s Letters About Literature program. Keep reading and writing!