Previous winners of the handwritten letters contest Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Emirates Literature Foundation has announced that their competitions for schools are now open for 2023, celebrating champion readers, storytellers, poetry performers and the craft of fine handwriting.

Students with a talent for poetry performance can showcase their interpretation of a favourite poem in the Emirates NBD sponsored ‘Poetry For All’ contest, while young writers can show off their writing skills in the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and their penmanship in the Royal Grammar School (RGS) Guildford Dubai Children’s Letter Writing Competition.

Also, schools can compete against each other in the Chevron Readers’ Cup to show who comes top with their knowledge and understanding of the selected books.

All competitions are open to full-time students and are held in Arabic and English.

“Our competitions are a highlight on the school calendar” said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation. “They are hugely popular with students, parents, and teachers. They allow young people the chance to expand their love of reading, create their own inspirational stories and wow the judges with their public speaking skills. Plus, giving them the special opportunity to engage with a like-minded community that loves and appreciates books and literature.”

How to register

Participants can register online via the Emirates Literature Foundation’s website. The finals and award ceremonies for the competitions will be held during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in February 2023.

'Poetry For All'

The Poetry For All competition, in its seventh year, is open to students across two age group categories, 8-13 and 14-18. This year, there is a new category that will be open to people of determination ages 8-18.

Performers compete in several preliminary rounds, with the grand finals held during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in February 2023. Registration for the competition is open online until October 17 on the website.

Readers’ Cup

This is the eleventh year of the inter-school Readers’ Cup competition. It is divided into two age categories – Primary Schools (up to age 11) and Secondary Schools (ages 12-16).

Teams are provided with books written by a variety of celebrated authors on which the quiz questions are based. After a virtual elimination round, the top 20 teams from each age category will advance to the final, battling for first place in a live ‘read-off’ held at the Festival.

Teams can register for the competition online till October 5.

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Children’s Letter Writing Competition

The RGS Guildford Dubai Children’s Letter Writing Competition gives young people the chance to show off their letter writing skills, celebrating both the aesthetic of fine handwriting and the art of composing a well-crafted message.

Letters should be written to an ‘old friend’ telling them about a book that you will always cherish. The competition is divided into four categories: Ages 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, and people of determination ages 8-18. Entries must be submitted before December 5.

Story Writing Competition

Young storytellers have the chance to make their mark by entering the Story Writing Competition and draft their masterpieces inspired from the theme ‘Old Friends.’ Entries are invited from full-time students in schools, colleges and universities in the UAE with the competition divided into age-specific categories: 11 and under, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-25. The winners will be honoured in a special ceremony held during the Festival and will have their entries published in an anthology.

The deadline for submission is October 24. The guide on requirements and submission details is available on the website of ELF Dubai.