Penpalling & Letters

Thursday, 24 February 2011

"Letters From Home" by Kristina McMorris and Contest

A few days ago I was contacted by award-winning author Kristina McMorris. Kristina is promoting her debut novel "Letters From Home" at the moment and therefore has organized a letter contest.

As it is explained in the following link: Letters From Home Contest, you have to submit a love letter by March 31st, 2011 if you are interested in participating. It can be short or long, funny or heartwarming, poetic or satirical, real or made up. Some ideas include: an actual WWII letter, an imaginary note from Juliet to Romeo, from Donald Duck to Daisy, or from Amelia Earhart to a secret love with whom she might have run away. It can be a letter you once received, a copy of one you have sent, or one you should have written long ago. It can be a message to God, an estranged relative, a deployed serviceman, your favorite celebrity, and the list goes on...

What is the prize offered in this contest?

A nostalgic memory box full of gorgeous stationery, a fleur-de-lis wax seal and nostalgic goodies worth $150 (~110€) as can be seen below.

When you submit your letter, enclose your contact info as well (name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address) and send everything to or via postal mail to:

Love Letter Contest
P.O. Box 100
Troutdale, OR-97060
United States of America

Entering automatically signs you up for Kristina's rare but fabulous e-newsletters. The winner will be announced and contacted around mid-April. Have fun and good luck!

Kristina also wanted to share with us some highlights about "Letters From Home" from her publisher's press kit:

Spotlighted in the March issue of Woman's Day magazine, LETTERS FROM HOME by Kristina McMorris hits major bookstores and online retailers February 22nd! Inspired by the epistolary courtship of the author's grandparents, this award-winning novel is being hailed as "ambitious and compelling...[a] sweeping debut." (Publishers Weekly)

In the midst of World War II, a Midwestern infantryman falls deeply in love through a yearlong letter exchange, unaware that the girl he's writing to isn't the one replying. Woven around this tenuous thread are three female friends whose journeys toward independence take unexpected turns as a result of romance, tragedy, and deception, their repercussions heightened by an era of the unknown. Beautifully rendered and deeply moving, Letters From Home is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war - and the chance encounters that change us forever.

With sales of its global rights on the rise, and book club rights sold to Reader's Digest and Doubleday, the novel has received glowing endorsements from the likes of Kristin Hannah (New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane), Pam Jenoff (bestselling author of The Kommandant's Girl), and Lynn "Buck" Compton (famed "Band of Brothers" WWII veteran).

Watch a brief video about the true story behind the book at: Letters From Home - A Video

And for WWII letters, special book club features, 1940s recipes, and more, visit: Kristina McMorris Website

A portion of the author's proceeds from sales will benefit United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories for their children.


  1. What an amazing give aways but I've never written a love letter so wouldn't even know where to start.

  2. Its an amazing give away and i am going to write something this weekend and send.

  3. I am a very creative person but I don't have the creativity to write a love letter. *sigh* I would LOVE to have that box and all it's contents but I fail at love.