Letters about Literature

A reading and writing initiative for young readers in grades 4-12. Letters are written to authors, living or from the past, whose books have impacted the students' lives.

The State Library will no longer be sponsoring Letters About Literature. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or for more information, please email us.

Kansas students are encouraged in participating in the Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest. To learn more about the Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest, click here.

About the Program
The Kansas Center for the Book in conjunction with the State Library of Kansas is proud to promote and oversee Kansas' involvement with Letters About Literature. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotional program for children and young adults.

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is in partnership with Target Stores. Cooperation with affiliate state Centers for the Book insure the project's success.

To enter, students (grades 4-12) write a personal letter to an author, living or deceased, from any genre explaining how that author's work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves.

Three competition levels:
  • Level 1: Grades 4 - 6
  • Level 2: Grades 7 - 8
  • Level 3: Grades 9 - 12
Winners, announced in the spring of each year, receive cash and gift card awards at the state level and gift card awards at the national level, plus each wins a grant for their community or school library at the national level.

Current and past Kansas winners for each level can be seen online.