Letters About Literature

Each year the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in partnership with affiliate state centers for the book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.

To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre– fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III, grades 9 – 12.

State winners receive cash prizes provided by the South Carolina State Library Foundation.

To find out more about the program and how your school or individual child can get involved, please visit

Speaker at the Center Lunchtime Programs

In Summer 2007, the SC Center for the Book initiated a Speaker at the Center lunchtime series.   The program is free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring a bag lunch. Visit our events page for a current listing.

River of Words

The South Carolina Center for the Book is proud to promote the River of Words Contest to South Carolina students, in partnership with the Library of Congress and the River of Words organization.

River of Words is a free, international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover.

The contest is open to any child in South Carolina (and the world!), from 5-19 years of age. Students may enter on their own or as part of a group (classroom, Scout troop, 4-H, etc.) The deadline for entries for the 2008 contest is February 15th, 2008. For more information about the contest and how to enter, please see the Web site at South Carolina student winners in each age category will be honored at a ceremony in Columbia, SC in late April.

For questions, please visit the River of Words website.