Center Announces 2017-2018 Letters About Literature Winners

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The South Carolina Center for the Book is pleased to announce the nine winners in this year’s Letters About Literature contest.  These outstanding students will be honored at the South Carolina State Library in Columbia at an award ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  Contest judges and South Carolina State Library Foundation members will be on hand to welcome attendees and present awards. Winners will read their letters and each will receive a plaque and monetary award from the South Carolina State Library Foundation ($100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third).

Level III (High School) Winners          

  • 1st Place              Anastayja Gladfelder - Beaufort
  • 2nd Place             Sanjana Kondapalli - Simpsonville
  • 3rd Place              Shay Gammon - Myrtle Beach

Level II (Middle School) Winners

  • 1st Place              Demi Del Monico - Mount Pleasant
  • 2nd Place             Banks Mitchell - Myrtle Beach
  • 3rd Place              Meenakshi Balachandran - Myrtle Beach         

Level I (Elementary School) Winners

  • 1st Place              Kiran Singapogu - Clemson
  • 2nd Place             Ariel Fleming - Greenwood
  • 3rd Place              Tianna Hagood - Greenwood

The Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book and the Library of Congress is a national reading and writing promotion contest. To enter, readers write personal letters to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves.

For more information, please contact Andersen Cook at 803-545-4432 or