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      Living Classics

      A new way to learn classics!

      The Living Classics international 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?

      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.

      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 Academic Center;
      • Regional round;
      • National final at the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.;
      • International final round at the Artek International Children’s Center.

      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!


      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.

      List of recommended literature by levels_Metaphor

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

      Please read more about this competition on its official website.