Letters About Literature

Administered by the Library of Congress, the Letters about Literature writing competition reached more than 1 million students in grades 4-12 during its twenty-seven-year history. At its peak, more than 70,000 students entered their letters each year and wrote about how books changed their lives for the better. The program concluded with the 2019 Letters About Literature competition. We thank everyone who participated over the years. To learn more about the competition, please feel free to explore the archives below.

2019 state-wide winners:

Out of hundreds of entries received from across Virginia, the selected state-wide winners are:

  • Level I (grades 4-6): David de Costa (Alexandria, VA)—Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
  • Level II (grades 7-8): Lucy Rowe (Richmond, VA)—Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Level III (grades 9-12): Stephanie Annis (Woodbridge, VA)—Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

During the 25th anniversary Virginia Festival of the Book in March, we honored winners and honorable mentions in the 2019 Letters About Literature competition. The Letters About Literature Celebration featured student readings and awards, as well as honorary guest speakers Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson, the author-illustrator creators of The Real McCoys; Everywhere, Wonder; and other books for young readers.

To view the full announcement of 2019 honorees, including honorable mentions, click here.

Past winners: