Students in grades four through 10 are invited by the Washington State Library to enter its Letters About Literature contest, in which they can write a personal letter to their favorite author, living or dead.
The deadline for the contest is Jan. 11. At the state level, a $125 cash prize is up for grabs, as well as the ability to advance to the national competition. The first-place prize in the national contest is $1,000.
There are three age groups for the contest: Level one is for grades four through six (minimum age is 9 years old); level two is for grades seven through eight; level three is for grades nine and 10.
Because of budget constraints, the contest for students in the 11th and 12th grades is not available this year.
For contest details, visit Washington Secretary of State. Click the "Letters about Literature" link at the bottom of the page.