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New Mexico’s Letters About Literature 2018

Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world. This is the sixth year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.

The entry deadline was January 12, 2018. The New Mexico winners will be announced in April and an awards ceremony will take place in Santa Fe on May 4, 2018.

Readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. Students may write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Entries in Spanish were accepted and will be translated for the New Mexico judges. Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12.

State judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition.  One winning letter from each level from each state is entered into the final national competition.

New Mexico State Judges

Level 1 - Veronica N. Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe

Norice Lee, Associate Library Director, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Sciences Library, Las Cruces

Ben Wakashige, Retired New Mexico State Librarian, Rio Rancho

Level 2 – Anne Price, Youth Services Manager, Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup

Malcolm Alonzo, Library Services Supervisor, South Broadway Library, Albuquerque

Deanne Dekle, Youth Services & Outreach Consultant, New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe

Level 3 - Craig Newbill, Retired Director, New Mexico Humanities Council, Albuquerque

Susan E. Beck, Professor and Head of Access Services, New Mexico State Univerity Library, Las Cruces

Sarah Stark, Author, Santa Fe

For more information about New Mexico’s Letters About Literature contest, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call Lori Thornton at 505-476-9717.

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Letters About Literature is also sponsored by The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

To read about the Letters About Literature contest at the national level, please click here: