If you have a student in the grades of 4th through 12th that loves reading and writing then encourage them to enter the 2016 "Letters About Literature" contest.

 

WREX reports that the Illinois Center for the Book is inviting students in the grades of 4th through 12th are invited to participate in this reading and writing competition.

Think about it. Take the two things they love to do and put them into a contest to win cash. Yes really. There is a cash prize.

Basically, all they have to do is read a book, poem or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world.

Pretty simple and easy, don't you think?

The contest will be "split into three levels: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and 9-12.  There will be a Illinois winner selected for each level to receive a $200 cash award. Plus the teachers of the winning students will receive $100 to purchase materials for their school library. Also, the winners and teachers are invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield, and will have their letters forwarded for national judging"

For more information about the contest, entries and deadlines for "Letters About Literature", click here.