Letters About Literature encourages young readers in grades 4 -12 to read a book and write a personal letter to the author explaining how the book changed or shaped their perspective on themselves or the world. Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12. The writers compete in this annual state contest to win prizes in each competition level.​

Brief overview of the Letters About Literature Competition.
  • Please see The Rules.
  • Please see Submit. The letters submitted are never sent to the author. The letters are submitted to the New Mexico State Library so that judges can select winners in each level.
  • Prizes are award to those winners. Please see Awards.

Last day to enter: December 30, 2022

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing competition which challenges students to write to an author and describe how his or her book affected them.  This annual competition is ​made possible by the New Mexico State Library which is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

This is the 9th year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.