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Contest: National Reflective Writing Contest [for students, grades 4-12] Now Accepting Entries

Posted by isulib on September 28, 2011

National Reflective Writing Contest Now Accepting Entries

Entry forms for this year’s Letters About Literaturecontest are now available on the Indiana Center for the Book’s website. The national reading-writing competition, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores, calls for entrants to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, etc.) explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or their self.

As in previous years, all state semifinalists are invited to attend an annual awards ceremony featuring a notable young adult author. State contest winners will receive a cash award and plaque from the Indiana Center for the Book during a summertime awards ceremony. Top winners also receive a Target GiftCard and advance to the national level competition. National prizes include a $10,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant for the community or school library of the winner’s choice. National winners also receive a $500 Target GiftCard. National honorable mentions will each receive a $100 Target GiftCard and a $1,000 LAL Grant for the library of their choice.

Visit for contest updates and valuable teaching materials, such as lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips. Letters About Literature is open to legal U.S. residents enrolled as a student in grades 4 -12 during 2011/2012 school year. Entries must be postmarked no later than January 6, 2012 for consideration.

[information from State Library’s Wednesday Word e-newsletter, September 21, 2011]

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