Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony

The Writer's Block
519 South 6th Street
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6:00 PM

Nevada Humanities has announced the winners of the statewide Letters About Literature program. 243 students from Nevada submitted entries to the national competition at the Library of Congress, and nine Nevada students placed in the top three of their respective judging categories and will be honored in a ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The first place winners in each category will represent Nevada at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12, organized by the Library of Congress. Students across the country are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter the Letters About Literature competition each year, with over 23,900 entries submitted to the Library of Congress in 2019. Encouraging students to write to authors deeply engages children with the content of the books that they read and Letters About Literature encourages students to reflect and respond. 

A judging panel in Nevada made up of educators, librarians, and members of the literary communities evaluated students’ letters on content, expression, structure, and grammar. Letters were also judged on how well the entry provided reflective details to support how the author’s work changed the reader’s view of the world or self.