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Living Classics

A new way to learn classics!

The Living Classics international young readers competition is Russia’s largest children’s literature project, bringing together the spontaneity, uniqueness and vibrancy of children’s talents.

Why should I take part in this competition?

Living Classics 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 with its main prize being a trip to the Artek International Children’s Center, Crimea.

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 are expected to recite a fragment of any classical prosaic text written in (or translated into) the Russian language;
  • 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;
  • Participants are allowed and encouraged to use a musical background, costumes or props to make their performances stand out.

Competition Dates:

The contest is split into several rounds:

  • February 16, 2019 – Classes round (Levels 5 – 11, АР, PC);
  • February 23, 2019 – School round at Metaphor Academic Center;
  • March, 2019 – National final at the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.;
  • May 4-25, 2019 – International final round at the Artek International Children’s Center in Crimea.

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


  • Please register at the official website of Living classics>>;
  • Please register for participation at our school (below);
  • 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.

Deadline: January 15, 2019.

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.

Please read more about this competition on its official website>>.