Montana's young readers can enter contest for prizes
MISSOULA — Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing
promotion program, encourages readers in grades four through 12 to
write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work
changed their view of the world or themselves.
Readers can select authors from any genre - fiction or
nonfiction, contemporary or classic. Competition winners will be
selected in three grade categories. The program is sponsored in Montana
by Humanities Montana and the Center for the Book in the Library of
Congress in partnership with Target.
Judges representing each state's Center for the Book will
select the top essayists in the following competition levels: Level I
for readers in grades four through six, Level II for grades seven and
eight, and Level III for grades nine through 12. State winners will
receive a $50 Target gift card and a cash award and certificate from
Each state winner then will advance to the national
competition. A panel of judges for the Center for the Book in the
Library of Congress will select six national winners, two per
competition level, and 12 national runners-up, four per competition
Each national winner will receive a $500 Target gift card. In
addition, they will win a $10,000 Reading Promotion Grant for their
school or community library. The national winners will be instrumental
in deciding how the library funds will be spent.
The 12 national runners-up will win a $100 Target gift card, as
well as a Reading Promotion Grant of $1,000 for their school or
The deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 10. Contest guidelines
and teaching materials, including lesson plans, blackline masters,
writing samples and assessment checklists, can be found online at http://lettersaboutliterature.org.
Letters About Literature is one of the Center for the Book's
most successful literacy programs for adolescents. Last year more than
70,000 young people from across the nation entered the competition.
Montana students have won or placed in the national contest
four times in the past 10 years, said Kim Anderson, associate director
of Humanities Montana programs. More than 600 Montana students entered
the contest last year.
A nonprofit organization founded in 1972, Humanities Montana is
the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Humanities Montana grants have served Montanans with thousands of
public conferences, lectures, workshops, exhibits, and television,
radio, film and video productions, as well as awards for research and
book publication subvention.
More information about Humanities Montana is online at http://www.humanitiesmontana.org.