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Letters About Literature Competition

September 13, 2017 - December 9, 2017

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Sponsor:Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Library of Congress Fund, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book
Time:Not Applicable
Speakers/Performers:Students in grades 4 through 12

There are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8 and Level III for grades 9-12. 

One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award. Teachers of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase materials for their school library. 

Winners and teachers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield. 

 The state winners’ letters will be forwarded for national judging. State winners will be announced in April 2018.

The deadline to enter the competition is Saturday, December 9, 2017 for all competition levels.


Venue:Illinois Center for the Book, Illinois State Library
Address:300 South Second Street


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Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades 4 through 12 to enter the 2018 “Letters About Literature” contest — a national reading and writing competition. 

 “Letters About Literature” invites students to read a book, poem or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world. Students can enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations. 

“Every year thousands of students in Illinois enjoy participating in this inspiring competition,” said White. “Illinois has had more entries than any other state for ten years in a row. This competition is proof that literature inspires and touches the lives of our young people."

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