Letters bring Maryland’s young writers and renowned authors together.
Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national writing contest for students in grades 4 through 12 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Every year, thousands of Maryland students submit a letter to the contest. LAL encourages young readers to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world. Fans of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, dystopian fantasies or the classics, are invited to participate.
Interested in entering the LAL contest?
All contest entries must be postmarked by the following deadlines:
- Level 3: December 2, 2016
- Levels 1 & 2: January 9, 2017
The LAL contest rewards state and national winners and runners-up with cash prizes. In Maryland we recognize all our finalists with a statewide ceremony where family and friends can celebrate young writers.
LAL is not just about reading and writing. The contest also inspires creativity in young people and encourages them to be lifelong readers who talk about what they read. Participating in LAL helps develop the critical reading and writing skills that students need to be successful both in school and in their adult careers.
The 2017 Guidelines document has all you need to know to enter the contest and includes the official contest entry coupon. Contestants, make sure to attach your completed entry coupon to your letter!