Letters About Literature (LAL) is a writing contest encouraging students in grades 4–12 to write a personal letter to an author (living or dead) of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story, poem, essay, or speech students have read and about which they have strong feelings. It might be a book that helped students through a difficult time or it might be a book that simply touched them or inspired them. Letters should explore these feelings and reflect why the participants reacted the way they did during or after reading. Recommended letter lengths: Entries for: Level 1: 100-500 words; Level 2: 300-1,000 words; Level 3: 600-1,500 words.
Humanities Tennessee has its own panel of judges who select the top entries in the state. State Winners at each level will receive a cash award from Humanities Tennessee (1st at each level receives $100 and advances to the national judging, 2nd place receives $50, and 3rd place receives $25) and a certificate. The 1st place winner on Level 3 will also be awarded a full scholarship to attend the TN Young Writers’ Workshop in 2017.