Deadline is Jan. 11 for entries; 3 Oregonians will advance to nationals

Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Has an author’s words touched you in a personal way, altering how you view your world or yourself? If so, the Library of Congress wants to hear all about it.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program for readers in grades fourth through 10th, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

To enter, readers must write a personal letter to an author, explaining how the author’s work changed their view of the world or themselves. Entry deadline is Jan. 11, 2013.

Judges representing the Oregon Center for the Book will select one winner, one runner-up and potential honorable mentions at each competition level — Level I for readers in grades fourth through sixth, Level II for grades seventh and eighth and Level III for grades ninth and 10th.

Entries in each state will be assessed on three criteria: content, use of language skills (exposition) and style and originality of expression (voice).

The three Oregon winners will receive $100 in cash and runners-up and potential honorable mentions will receive cash prizes or gift certificates.

The Oregon winners will advance to the national competition. A panel of judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will then select three national winners and three national second-place winners at each competition level.

Each national winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and runners-up will receive a $150 cash award. Oregon winners will be announced in April and a reception will be held in their honor.

Fore guideline details and the required entry form, visit

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