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Students can enter '05 letter contest

Utah students are being invited to participate in the Letters About Literature 2005 project.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Utah Center for the Book want students to enter this year's reading and writing promotion. The project invites students to write a letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.

There are three competition levels: for students in grades 4-6; grades 7 and 8; and for grades 9-12. The top essayist in each competition level receives a cash award. The first-place winners in each state will then advance for national judging.

Two national winners will be selected on each competition level. The six national winners each receive $500 and a trip to the 2005 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., where they will read their winning letters.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 4, 2004.

Contest entry forms and guidelines can be found at: www.loc.gov/letters.