'Letters About Literature' Contest

What is this contest all about? Well, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with state centers for the book and in partnership with Target Stores, 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, nonfiction, or poetry, 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,
Level III, grades 9 - 12.
Click here for the Entry Form. The contest deadline is Friday, January 6, 2012, so take the writing challenge. Read here some of the winning letters from 2011. Good Luck!