Creative Writers Cash In!

10 Oct Creative Writers Cash In!


Is there a book that truly spoke to you, shaped you, or changed the way you thought about the world? If given the opportunity, what would you say to the author about that experience? Students in grades 4-12 can submit entries for the Letters About Literature Competition beginning November 2, 2016. Students are asked to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how that author’s book changed the student’s perceptions or worldview. State winners, announced in April each year, receive cash awards, plaques, and an invitation to Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony. Winners will also participate in creative writing workshops led be Hoosier authors. National winners, announced in late April, receive additional prizes.


Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Indiana Center for the Book, and sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation. Additional resources, like a teaching guide and entry form (including a class entry option), are available on Indiana Center for the Book’s webpage.

Don’t delay – the deadline for grades 9-12 is December 2, 2017 and the deadline for grades 4-8 is January 9, 2017! Get inspiration from past winning entries here and start writing!