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The Emirates Literature Foundation focuses on bringing literature to life for students of all ages, working with their schools, universities, libraries and teachers to enhance their enjoyment of reading for pleasure and offer them new opportunities and ideas.

Education events held at the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and throughout the year give students from across the UAE the chance to meet inspiring authors and discover new books. Alongside this, the Foundation’s popular annual competitions and creative courses encourage students to unlock their own potential in reading and writing, and fuel a lifelong love of words.

Annual Student Events

Emirates LitFest Student Sessions (In Person)

Browse our special selection of sessions and workshops curated specifically for children. Learn More.

Emirates LitFest Student Sessions (Virtual Edition)

Browse our special selection of virtual sessions curated specifically for students of all ages. Available to be streamed for a month. Learn More.

Emirates LitFest Fringe Stage

Young performers between the ages of 3-16 can apply for a slot to showcase their talents in front of an international audience! Learn More.

Emirates LitFest Author School Visits

Bring a piece of the LitFest back to your school when you bid for an author school visit! Learn More.

Year-Round Competitions

The Foundation regularly holds student competitions in both Arabic and English to help encourage vital skills in the next generation of readers.

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Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition

Young writers create short stories around a unique theme of the year, with an opportunity to have the winning entries published in a winners’ anthology.
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Letter Writing Competition

Students of all ages celebrate both the aesthetic of handwriting and the art of a well-crafted message.
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Emirates NBD Poetry For All Competition

Students honour the strong oral tradition of poetry performance and recital within the Arab world by learning poems by heart and delivering an emotional response to the language and ideas of the poet.
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Chevron Readers’ Cup

Teams of students, from primary and secondary, read a selection of books and then take part in exciting quiz rounds.
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Arcadia Book in a Box Competition

Classes work together to re-create a favourite scene from a book using recyclable materials.
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School Librarian of the Year

Celebrate the efforts of school librarians as they work to develop a joy of reading in students of all ages.
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Year Round Student Events

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