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      Living Classics

      A new way to learn classics!

      The Young Readers competition is one of the largest children’s literature projects that brings together the spontaneity, uniqueness and vibrancy of children’s talents.

      Why should I take part in this competition?

      The Young Readers competition helps to instill a love of reading to a young generation through meeting great works of world literary heritage, as well as to inspire them to create and express themselves in a new way. The competition gives an opportunity to engage with other young speakers from all over the world.

      Participation fee: Participation if FREE and open to all children aged from 10 to 17.

      Awards: All participants receive certificates, and the top winners also look forward to special prizes.


      Participants are expected to recite a fragment of any classical prosaic text written in (or translated into) the Russian language.

      Terms and conditions:

      • Anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 may participate in the competition;
      • Competition is free of charge for all participants;
      • Participants may read their fragments by heart or use a print out for their convenience;
      • Each performance is expected to last between 2 and 5 minutes.

      Competition Dates:

      The contest is split into several rounds:

      • Classes round (Levels 5 – 11, АР, PC);
      • School round at Metaphor School;
      • Regional round;
      • National final in Washington, D.C.

      This is an annual competition. To find out and save the exact dates on your Google calendar, please refer to our calendar to save the dates!


      • Please register for participation at our school at;
      • Choose a part of the classics OR ask our teachers to help your child to choose, learn and prepare a performance.

      How can I prepare for the competition?

      Metaphor teachers will be happy to help our students ages 10 and older to find a suitable book and to prepare a memorable performance for the contest.

      The list of recommended literature is available here.

      Dates: The annual competition takes place every February-March. Follow our calendar to save the date!