Have you ever read a story that changed your life? Reading helps us learn about the world around us and understand perspectives we may not have considered before. But who wrote the words you loved reading?

    Letters About Literature Contest Deadline, January 8, 2021

This is an opportunity to write an author and explain how their writing impacted your world view.

Letters About Literature is a reading-writing contest that encourages students to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how that author’s work changed your way of thinking about the world or yourself. In South Carolina, there are three competition levels with three winners at each level:

  • Level I for children in grades 4-6;
  • Level II for grades 7 & 8; and
  • Level III, grades 9–12.

For each level, first place winners receive $100, second place winners receive $50, and third place winners receive $25, courtesy of the South Carolina State Library Foundation.

Submission Details

  • Student must live in South Carolina
  • When submitting digitally, files must be named AgeGroup_Lastname_Firstname (for example, 4-6_Doe_Jane)
  • Entries must be typed in Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font, size 12
  • Only entries in PDF, DOC, and DOCX files formats are accepted
  • Entries may not contain profanity or graphic content
  • All entries must be submitted online (via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTVZNM2) or postmarked by January 8, 2021 (see mailing instructions below)

Mailed Entries

In order for mailed entries to be considered for the competition, you must submit a completed entry coupon with your letter to:
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

For any questions regarding Letters About Literature, please contact Andersen Cook at 803-545-4432 at acook@statelibrary.sc.gov.