Students, get ready to enter Letters about Literature, Historical Zine contests

  • Friday, November 4, 2016 12:17pm
  • Life

The Washington State Library has launched two contests for Washington students. One is a perennial favorite, Letters about Literature, and the other capitalizes on an alternative art form that allows for self-expression.

For the 12th straight year, the library is co-sponsoring the Letters About Literature contest as part of Washington Reads. The competition encourages students to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead, about how their book changed the student’s view of the world or himself or herself.

The contest is for schoolchildren and homeschooled students in grades 4-12.

Students can start sending in entries on Nov. 2. There are two deadlines for this year’s contest: Level 3 entries must be postmarked by Dec. 2. Entries for Levels 1 and 2 must be postmarked by Jan. 9, 2017.

For more information about Washington’s Letters About Literature contest, contact Crystal Lentz at or call (360) 704-5275.

The second contest, the Historical Zine Contest is in its second year. Zines are basically self-published magazines that give the creator’s point of view on a subject. Contest participants are asked to create a zine about some aspect of Washington history.

The State Archives and Timberland Regional Library are co-sponsors. This contest is open to Washington residents from fourth grade up. Adults can enter, too. Entry deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, the entry form and video instructions on how to make a zine, visit

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