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Letters About Literature


Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program for children grades 4–12, sponsored by the Montana Center for the Book at Humanities Montana, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Each fall, we invite students to write to an author of their choosing, living or dead, whose book they have found especially meaningful. State and national winners are announced in the spring.

The 2017 state winners are:

Level 1 — grades 4-6

  • First place — Jessica Lynn Kelly, Dillon — READ LETTER HERE
  • Second place — Kendra Lien, Billings
  • Third place (tie) — Lily Miller, Missoula & Johnny Tingey, Belt

Level 2 — grades 7-8

  • First place — Alexandra Madsen, Great Falls — READ LETTER HERE
  • Second place (tie)— Jamie Reed, Great Falls & Harper Gardner, Great Falls
  • Third place — Helena Brown, Billings

Level 3 — grades 9-12

  • First place — Danika Firth, Missoula — READ LETTER HERE
  • Second place (tie) — Maggy McGraw, Kalispell & Ira Williams, Missoula
  • Third place — Kendall Seibel, Great Falls

Letters About Literture awards prizes on both the state and national levels. Each participating state center has its own panel of judges who select the top essayists in the state. State Winners will receive a cash award and advance to the national level judging. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one National Honor per competition level to receive a $200 cash award.