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Letters About Literature


Please use this form to submit your entry for the 2021-22 Letters About Literature writing contest. 

  • Please note that the Library of Congress no longer supports this program, so there is no longer a national level to the contest. We continue to use most of the original Library of Congress rules and guidelines.
  • By completing this form, you are entering the Connecticut state competition. All Connecticut students chosen as state contest winners receive a monetary prize and state recognition. Visit https://education.uconn.edu/letters-about-literature-contest/ for more state recognition and contest details. 
  • Pre-pandemic, over 1,000 students from across Connecticut submitted entries vividly demonstrating their passion for literature. From the large pool of letters we receive, about 10% will be made semi-finalists in three grade-level categories (Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Grades 9-12). From there, the list will be narrowed to 9 student finalists (three per grade level band) and then to 3 winners (1 per grade level band).
  • Those three students will be invited to read their letters, and semi-finalists and finalists will be honored with certificates.
  • Please note that all communication will be between the Writing Project and whomever submits the student work! If a teacher submits the work, all emails will go to him or her. If a parent or guardian submits the work, all emails will go to him or her. If a student submits his or her own work, all emails will go to him or her. If you are the one hitting the submit button, it is your responsibility to communicate with others.
  • Please DO NOT make multiple submissions of a work. If you are unsure if you have submitted work correctly, contact us at cwp@uconn.edu and ask one of us to check.
  • Please do not mail in any submissions. We currently do not have the human capacity to handle mailed in submissions. Word docs are preferred.
  • If you are concerned about child online safety, our procedures have been vetted and approved by the University's Office of Compliance to be in compliance with all relevant state and federal laws. If a school does not permit teachers to create digital footprints for students, parents or guardians should make the submission.
  • Students will not receive feedback on their writing, nor will any submissions be returned.
  • Submission should be no more than 500 words.
  • The Letters About Literature Award Ceremony will take place virtually in April. More information will be made available in Submittable and on the CWP website (cwp.uconn.edu) as it becomes available.
  • On behalf of the dedicated volunteer teachers from all over the state who serve on the Selection Committee and who read through the many entries we receive every year, we proudly present this year's Letters About Literature contest!

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.