South Carolina students are being encouraged to participate in the annual Letters About Literature competition.
The Library of Congress Center for the Book event hosts the event, which is run locally by the South Carolina State Library.
“What students are asked to do is to write a letter to their favorite author — and that author can be dead or alive — basically… to tell them how their works of literature changed their life,” State Library communications director Dr. Curtis Rogers said.
Participants are broken down by age level: grades 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. South Carolina winners will be awarded in late spring or early summer 2019. First place in each age group will win $100, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25. State winners advance to the national honors level where they could win up to $200 for placing. The national winner earns $1,000.
“This gives them an opportunity to think about maybe who their favorite author is or what book has maybe changed their point of view on the world or changed the way they think about things,” Rogers said.
“What the program does is fosters a sense of creativity about letter-writing and also allows students to express their thoughts about how writing maybe has impacted their life,” he said.
The program also offers a teacher’s guide for those interested in making it a class project for students to participate.
Entries can be submitted either online or by mail. The deadline to enter is January 11. Click here for more information.