Illinois Center for the Book

Letters About Literature in Illinois Illinois Center for the Book

2019-2020 Contest Information  |  Additional Resources  |  Past Winners

Letters About Literature in Illinois is a statewide reflective writing competition sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois Center for the Book. The program invites 4th–12th grade students to read a book of their choice, reflect on it and write a personal letter to the author explaining how the book changed their views of the world or themselves.

2018 winners with Secretary of State Jesse White
2019 Letters About Literature Winners

Students can enter Letters About Literature on their own or through their schools, libraries or youth organizations.

The are three levels of participation:

One winner is selected for each competition level and receives a $200 cash award. Teachers of the winning students also receive $100 to purchase books for their school library.

2019-2020 Contest Information

The forms and guidelines for the 2019-2020 competition will be available in the fall of 2019. The deadline to enter will be December 16, 2019. Winners will be announced in May 2020.

Additional Resources

2019 Illinois Winners

** Amatullah Mir was also chosen by the Library of Congress as a National Prize winner.

Past Letters About Literature Winners