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News from Humanities Montana 

MONTANA – Montana students are encouraged to submit letters about life-changing books for cash prizes for the Letters About Literature competition. 

“[Letters About Literature] is a brilliant way to bring literature and self-reflection together. Writing a letter about a book that has changed your life is more than just a submission to a contest. It’s a way to share what you’ve learned with the world,” writes Maya Mau, one of last year’s national Letters About Literature winners.

Lesson guides for teachers who wish to have their students participate are available through the Montana Center for the Book. Online submissions will be accepted until January 11, 2019, at 

State winners receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place in three grade levels. First place winners advance to the national competition for a chance to win $2,000 and national recognition.

Letters About Literature is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Montana Center for the Book, a program of Humanities Montana.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, civil conversations and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Montana Conversations, Speakers in the Schools, Hometown Humanities, Montana Center for the Book and the Governor’s Humanities Awards. 


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