2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas Contest Winners Announced

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Texas Center for the Book announced the winners of the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas competition, a statewide event sponsored by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation.

This competition invited students in grades 4-12 to write letters to authors, whether living or dead, about how their words had touched them and how they had changed the way they see the world.

Hundreds of Texas students chose their book, series, essay, poem, play, short story, or speech that touched their lives and preceded them to write and submit their letters to the author. First-place winners across three tiers of coemptions received a cash prize of $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association conference.

The winners:
Level 1 (4th to 6th grade)

  1. Alexandra Akins of Austin wrote to Wilson Rawls; Book Title: Where the Red Fern Grows
  2. Arhaan V Iyer of Addison wrote to Jordan Romero; book title: No Summit Out Of Sight
  3. Addison’s Josie Selfridge wrote to Shel Silverstein; Book Title: The Tree that Gives

Level 2 (7th-8th grade)
1. Kaden Rice from Dallas wrote to Robin Benway; Book Title: Far from the Tree
2. Elaine Carte-Engel from Dallas wrote to Pam Muñoz Ryan; Book Title: Echo
3. Emma Ton from Austin wrote to William Kamkwamba; Book Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Level 3 (9th to 12th grade)
1. Shamika Agrawal from Austin wrote to Anuradha D. Rajurkar; Book Title: American Betiya
2. Emily Hoang from Pasadena wrote to Rick Riordan; book series: Heroes of Olympus
3. Frida Gonzalez from Pasadena wrote to JK Rowling; book series: Harry Potter

“Congratulations to this year’s deserving winners and finalists! Thank you to all of the students who submitted their letters, and to the librarians, teachers, and parents who encouraged their interest in reading and their participation in this competition,” said Gloria Meraz, Director and Librarian of TSLAC. “We are so honored to host the Letters About Literature Texas competition each year to encourage students to read carefully, think critically, and express themselves through writing. We are especially excited to be hosting the awards ceremony again this year at the TLA conference.

All winning letters were posted on the TSLAC website (www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature), and all students are encouraged to share the link, as well as contact the author and publisher directly.

This contest was made possible through the support of the Texas Library and Archives Foundation. To learn more about the foundation’s work, visit their website at www.txlaf.org.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans with access to the information they need to be informed and productive citizens by preserving Texas archives; improve the service capacity of public, university and school libraries; help public bodies keep their records up to date; and meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.

Rebecca Manley
Texas Center for the Book Coordinator
[email protected]

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