Lincoln students win writing contest | neighborhood supplement


Local students participated for the 23rd year in the annual Letters About Literature competition, a statewide program to promote reading and writing, and two Lincoln students were named winners. They wrote to tell an author how books can make a difference in a young person’s life.

Lincoln’s Young Writing Winners are Madison Mittelstet for a letter to Tui T. Sutherland and Hugh Skretta for a letter to Joelle Charbonneau. Winners were chosen from three levels of competition: senior elementary, middle school and high school.

Students wrote personal letters to the authors explaining how his work changed their view of themselves or the world. They have selected authors of all genres, fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic.

Nebraska winners will be honored at a luncheon and will receive cash prizes and gift certificates. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Writers at the Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln.

Young Nebraska writers who wrote the winning letters in the Letters About Literature competition will also receive award certificates signed by Governor Pete Ricketts at a proclamation signing ceremony on Monday, April 4.

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The Letters on Literature competition encourages young people to read, be inspired by and respond to the author (living or deceased) who has marked their life. This annual competition is coordinated and sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, the Nebraska Library Commission, Houchen Bindery Ltd., Humanities Nebraska, and Chapters Bookstore in Seward.

For more information on the competition, see

The Nebraska Center for the Book is hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars across the state to build the book community, by supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading and writing. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission advocates for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is the promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services statewide, “bringing people and information together.”


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