By: Value News | Category: Education | Issue: November 2021
Readers in Grades 4–12 are invited to write a letter to the author of a favorite book, expressing how the book affected them personally.
Three Contest Levels:
Cash Prizes will be awarded to the student writers of the top three letters in each level.
First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
First place winners will select their school library or public library to receive a cash prize of $1,000!
Contest entries will be accepted beginning Oct. 15, 2021. The deadline to submit is Dec. 17, 2021, at 5 p.m.
View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.
My Favorite Book is open to residents of Oklahoma. Students must be in grades 4 through 12 during the 2021–2022 school year. Entries will be accepted online starting Oct. 15, 2021, and the deadline for all submissions is Dec. 17, 2021, 5 p.m. (CST). There will be three (3) Levels of Competition: Level 1: Grades 4–6, Level 2: Grades 7–8, Level 3: Grades 9–12. Students select a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, essay, or short story that they have read and about which they have strong feelings.
Note to teachers—Please do not assign a particular work to students; rather, allow students to choose a piece of literature that speaks to them personally. Students write a personal letter to the author of their selected book or short story explaining how the work changed the student’s view of themselves or their world. The letter’s aim is not to flatter the author, summarize the piece of literature, or serve as a book report; rather, the letter creates a conversation with the author in which the student expresses thoughts, feelings, and/or ideas inspired by the author’s writing, as well as its impact on the student’s life. Students should write honestly and from their own perspectives of the world. Entries must use no fewer than 400 words and no more than 800 words. Entries must include: a date, greeting, body of the letter, closing salutation, student’s name/signature. Note: These elements will be included in the entry’s word count. Do not include a return address on your letter. Entries must be submitted via the online submission platform by Dec. 17, 2021, 5 p.m. (CST). Details for submission may be found at libraries.ok.gov/my-favorite-book. Entries by or for students younger than the age of 13 without a completed, signed, and uploaded permission form are ineligible and will be discarded. The permission form is also available at libraries.ok.gov/my-favorite-book.
For further submission details or questions, please consult the FAQ available at libraries.ok.gov/my-favorite-book or email
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