Maya Mau (photo far right) was named one of two National winners in Level 3 for Letters about Literature this year.  The 2018 celebration for New Jersey’s winners in the national Library of Congress program, Letters About Literature, took place on Tuesday, May 8, at the Livingston Student Center on the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway NJ 08854 from 2:00 to 5:00. The Authors’ Alley and exhibits opened at 2pm, and the awards ceremony began at 3pm. Nearly 200 individuals, including the winners, their families, teachers, administrators, and friends attended.

In addition to celebrating the winners of Letters About Literature, the Center also announced that it had given its 2018 Literary Lion award to librarian Carol Phillips, St. Bartholomew’s School in East Brunswick, NJ.

We congratulate all the NJ winners: the first place and second place winners for each of the three levels, and the Distinguished Honors winners. All received a Governor’s Certificate of Achievement.

Click on the links  below to see the individual winning essays and the list of all the winners and honorable mentions.


Veronica Ma (photo far left), Community School, Plainsboro, winning Level 1 (Grades 4-6) letter to William Carlos Williams, author of The Red Wheelbarrow. 

Read Veronica’s letter here

Daisy Hutnik (photo center), Pennington School, Pennington,  winning Level 2 (Grades 7-8) letter to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Read Daisy’s letter here

Maya Mau, (photo far right) West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, winning Level 3 (Grades 9-12) letter to Helen Keller, author of Blind Sister.

Read Maya’s letter here

Read the list of all winners and honorable mentions here



Letters About Literature