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You can now read the work of students who attended the Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop and the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshops this summer. You’ll love these fresh young voices.

Read the AYWW Anthology here, and the TYWW Anthology here. Many thanks to the faculty, staff, donors, and students who made these summer workshops a success.

 

After reading 1,534 letters and narrowing down the honorable mentions, we are pleased to announce the winners of this year's contest. The letters were very moving, personal, and creative. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners!  

Tennessee’s winners are:

Award

Level 1
(4th-6th grade)

Level 2
(7th-8th grade) 

Level 3 
(9th -12th grade) 

1st place
$100 prize and the winner's letter advances to compete in the national Letters About Literature competition

Sarah Shen, a 6th grader at White Station Middle School in Memphis, wrote to Rick Riordan about The Lost Hero

Read Sarah's letter here.

Piper Chaussee, 8th grader at Coalfield School in Coalfield, wrote to Edgar Allan Poe about "Alone". 

Read Piper's letter here.

Prakriti Mehta, 11th grader at White Station High School in Memphis, wrote to Eleanor Coerr about Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Read Prakriti's letter here.

2nd place
$50 prize

Emma Stevenson, a 5th grader from Sewanee Elementary School in Sewanee, wrote to Katherine Paterson about Bridge to Terabithia

Read Emma's letter here

8th grader from Hixson Middle School in Hixson, wrote to John Boyne about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Elissa Grace Todd, 11th grader at White Station High School in Memphis, wrote to P.L. Travers about Mary Poppins.

Read Elissa Grace's letter here.

3rd place
$25 prize

Vancie Peacock, 6th grader at Hutchison School in Memphis, wrote to Sarah Weeks about So B. It.

Read Vancie's letter here.

Paige Supeck, 7th grader at Petros Joyner School in Oliver Springs. Paige wrote to Patricia McCormick about Cut

Read Paige's letter here.

Corey Hancock, 12th grader at Houston High School in Germantown, wrote to George Orwell about Animal Farm.

Read Corey's letter here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of Karen Joy Fowler's visit to Nashville for the citywide events and discussion of her book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Maplewood High School hosted her for a Student Reader Day event. Students asked about the influence of post-modernism, language, and memory in her writing. Later that same day Fowler was announced as the winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The PEN/Faulkner Foundation supports the art of writing and encourages readers of all ages.

Humanities Tennessee provided a free copy of Fowler's book to the nearly 200 students participating in this event.  

Watch Fowler's Maplewood presentation here

 

Three Saint Bernard Academy students
who earned an LAL honorable mention:
7th grader Liam and 8th graders Lohita and Katia.

We received 1,534 entries in this year’s Letters About Literature contest and have completed the preliminary rounds of judging. Thank you to all of the students who participated this year. State judging is going on now and winners will be announced in early April. It’s always exciting to read young peoples’ reactions to literature. We heard from students reacting to Maya Angelou, Melba Patillo Beals, Ray Bradbury, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Ruta Sepetys, Amy Tan, and many more.

Congratulations to the following schools with students receiving honorable mentions:

Christiana Middle School, Christiana
Christ the King Lutheran, Memphis
Coalfield School, Coalfield
Croft Middle School, Nashville
Farragut High School, Knoxville
Germantown High School, Germantown
Hixson Middle School, Hixson
Houston High School, Germantown
Hutchison School, Memphis
Litton Middle School, Nashville
Oakdale School, Oakdale
Overton High School, Nashville
Petros Joyner School, Oliver Springs
Sewanee Elementary School, Sewanee
Siegel Middle School, Murfreesboro
St. Andrew's Sewanee, Sewanee
St. Bernard Academy, Nashville
St. George's Independent School, Collierville
Stewarts Creek Middle, Smyrna
Sunbright School, Sunbright
Tellico Plains High School, Tellico Plains
Webb School, Knoxville
White Station Elementary School, Memphis
White Station Middle School, Memphis
White Station High School, Memphis
Whitworth Buchanan Middle School, Murfreesboro

We are thrilled to have received news that the Student Reader Day program has been formally commended by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The program is recognized for empowering school librarians as knowledgeable educators. We appreciate this acknowledgement and hope you, too, know how vital your community’s school librarians are!

 

Application deadline is June 24!

The TN Young Writers’ Workshop is a 7-day residential program for high school students giving them the chance to devote time to creative writing with talented faculty and supportive peers. Apply today!

Tracy Barrett at Forrest SchoolAfter engaging school visits with Kristin Tubb (Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different) at Vanleer Elementary School in Dickson and Tracy Barrett (Dark of the Moon) at Forrest School in Chapel Hill (shown in photo at right), author Helen Hemphill will visit East Middle School in Tullahoma on May 8 to talk about The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones. All participating students have received a copy of the book, thanks in part to support from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and teachers have received discussion guides to prepare for each visit. So far this year 656 students have participated in these events. Keep on reading!

Learn more about Student Reader Day events...

After several rounds of reading and judging, nine students emerge as state winners in the Letters About Literature reading and writing promotion contest which encourages students to read, reflect, connect, and write. The contest is a program of Humanities Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Center for the Book, in affiliation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 

The results for Tennessee’s 2013 Letters About Literature winners are in! This year we received 1,595 letter entries from students from all parts of the state written to a diverse group of authors. Congratulations to the winners!

Tennessee’s winners are:

Level 1 (4th-6th grade)
1st place winner: Ansley Stamper, a 6th grader at Hutchison School in Memphis, wrote to R.J. Palacio about Wonder. Read her letter here. Ansley is awarded $100 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate. Additionally, Ansley’s letter advanced to compete in the national Letters About Literature competition.

2nd place winner: Maggie Warren, a 6th grader from Oakland Middle School in Murfreesboro, wrote to Cynthia Lord about RulesRead her letter here.She will receive $50 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

3rd place winner: Kyler Hamilton, 6th grader at White Station Middle School in Memphis, wrote to William H. Armstrong about SounderRead his letter here. Kyler will receive $25 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

Level 2 (7th-8th grade)
1st place winner: Ariel Asher, 8th grader at Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, wrote to Orson Scott Card about Ender's GameRead her letter here. Ariel is awarded $100 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate. Additionally, Ariel’s letter advanced to compete in the national Letters About Literature competition.

2nd place winner: Emilee Taylor, 8th grader from Christiana Middle School in Christiana, wrote to Angela Johnson about When I Am Old With YouRead her letter hereEmilee will receive $50 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

3rd place winner: Haley Wright, 7th grader at Siegel Middle School in Murfreesboro. Haley wrote to Judy Schachner about Skippyjon Jones. Read her letter here. Haley is awarded $25 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

Level 3 (9th -12th grade)
1st place winner: Christine Lee, 11th grader at from Germantown High School in Germantown. Christine wrote to J.D. Salinger about The Catcher in the RyeRead her letter here. Christine is awarded $100 from Humanities Tennessee, an award certificate, and a full tuition scholarship to the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop.

2nd place winner: Sudeshna Barman, 11th grader at White Station High School in Memphis. Sudeshna wrote to Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner about FreakonomicsRead her letter here. Sudeshna will receive $50 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

3rd place winner: Tela Taylor, 10th grader at Overton High School in Memphis. Tela wrote to Kristin Cashore about FireRead her letter here. Tela will receive $25 from Humanities Tennessee, an award certificate, and her letter advanced to the national Letters About Literature competition.