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Contest asks for letters to favorite authors

The Minnesota Book Awards calls all Minnesota students in grades 4-12 to share their love of literature.

This contest asks readers to write a letter to an author describing how his or her work touched their life in a personal way. Authors can be of any genre or time period and can come from any country.

There are three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7 and 8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12.

State level judges choose the top essayists from each of the three competition levels who will advance to the National Level Judging. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of each competition level.

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.

There are two deadlines for the competition: Dec. 10 is the deadline for Level 3:  grades 9-12; Jan. 10 is the deadline for Level 1: grades 4-6, & Level 2: grades 7 & 8.

For official guidelines and entry letters, please visit

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