Wyoming Humanities announces winners of the 2023 Letters About Literature contest

The Wyoming Center for the Book, which operates under the Wyoming Humanities umbrella, announced this year’s winners of the annual Letters About Literature contest for the state’s youth.

In this national program, students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author of a book that changed their lives. More than 160 students from across Wyoming participated in this year’s event.

This year’s winners and their chosen books are:

Grades 4-6

o 1st Place: Leena Martel, Kelly – “When Stars are Scattered” by Omar Mohamed

o 2nd Place: Abigail Fleming, Casper – “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Susan Hill Long

o 3rd Place: Hannah Persson, Lander – “No Summit Out of Sight” by Jordan Romero and Linda LeBlanc

Grades 7-8

o 1st Place: Kailee Grimes, Cheyenne – “The Perfect Place” by Teresa E. Harris

o 2nd Place: Delaney Edwards, Pinedale – “A Little House Traveler” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

o 3rd Place: Joel Edwards, Pinedale – “Spearhead” by Adam Makos

Grades 9-12  

o 1st Place: Cooper J. Pigg, Cheyenne – “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom

o 2nd Place: Tamara Cochran, Casper – “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess

o 3rd Place: Emma Locken, Gillette – “Amelia Unabridged” by Ashley Schumacher

All of the winning entries can be found here.

“Letters About Literature encourages kids to read and, most importantly, think about what they read,” Wyoming Humanities’ Lucas Fralick said. “Writing a letter to the author is also more fun than writing a traditional essay, that achieves much of the same thing.”