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Emirates NBD Poetry For All Competition


We have concluded the 2023-2024 edition of this competition. The 2024-2025 edition will be launched later this year

The Emirates NBD Poetry For All is an annual competition run by the Emirates Literature Foundation to celebrate poetry performance and recital.

Students learn poetry by heart and give an emotional response to the language and ideas of the poet. It honours the strong oral tradition which exists in the Arab world.

About the Competition

The competition is divided into three categories:

  • Ages: 8-13
  • Ages: 14-18
  • Students of Determination*

Students can choose to participate in Arabic or English.

Students need to choose a poem from the list provided below, on this competition website.

* Kindly note that the age group for the Students of Determination category is 8-18 years and there will be ONLY one winner chosen from this category.

How the Competition Works

Round 1: (Internal School Round)

  • Each school chooses how to select the two best performances/recitals per age group, using internal judges and/or an internal round. Schools/judges can use the judging criterion below to select students.
  • The school’s official Teacher/Coordinator should register the selected students and their poems, chosen from the list provided, on or before 21 October 2024.

Round 2: (Inter-school Semi-final Round)

  • The semi-final will take place from 11 – 18 November 2024.
  • Each student will recite the poem they selected when registering online for the competition.
  • For the 14-18 age category only, students need to prepare a justification on why they have chosen the poem (not exceeding 1 minute).
  • The judges will select the students who will go forward to the finals.
  • An email will be sent to all participating schools announcing the finalists.

Round 3: Final Round

  • The final round will be held in late January/early February 2025 during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
  • An email will be sent to all finalists including the details of the final round, venue and timings.
  • Finalists have the choice of performing the same poem as in the semi-final round or choosing another poem from the list on the website, provided they inform the competition team of the change in advance.
  • The judges will evaluate each finalists’ performance and the winners for each age group will then be announced.

Judges’ Criteria


Confident delivery:

The auditory impact of the performance; volume, pace, clarity of pronunciation in the student’s natural accent make an engaging performance. The listeners must be pulled in and feel compelled to hear every word.

Understanding the poem:

The student should demonstrate an understanding of the poem, conveying this clearly to the audience.

Conveying the sentiment of the poem:

The student should interpret the poem so that it is enhanced but not embellished.

Fluency & Accuracy:

The judges will have a copy of the poem to check for accuracy. The poem should be performed using the exact words of the poet, with fluency and understanding.

Overall performance: 

The way in which the performer presents himself/ herself will add to the recitation, including appearance, making eye contact with the audience, displaying confidence and using appropriate body language.

Justification of chosen poem:

This criterion is a requirement for students in the 14 – 18 years old category only. Students need to explain in 1 minute or less why they chose their specific poem.

Poems

For the semi-final and final rounds, students must choose a poem to recite from the lists shown below:

  • For poems for students age (8-13): Click here
  • For poems for students age (14-18): Click here
  • For poems for students from the Students of Determination category aged 8-18: Please note that you can either choose from the approved list provided above or you can select a poem of your choice. If you select a poem of your choice, please ensure that you send us the text of the poem and the poet’s name by responding to the confirmation email when you register.

Key Dates

The Emirates LitFest will take place from 29 January – 4 February 2025:

EVENTS
DATES
Registration opens 2 September 2024
Registration closes 21 October 2024
Semi-Final Round, All Categories (Abu Dhabi) 5-6 November 2024
Semi-Final Round, Age groups: 8-13 & 14-18 (Dubai) 11-15 November 2025
Students of Determination Category Semi-Final Round (Dubai) 18 November 2024
Final Round and Prize Giving Ceremony Late January / Early February 2025
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Prizes

The winners in each category will be honoured in a Prize Giving Ceremony during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in late January / early February 2025 and will receive winners’ plaques.

Winners of the 2024 competition

Please Read the Following Points Carefully

  • Schools wishing to enter students in the English competition should use the form below, while those entering in Arabic should click here.
  • Schools can enter two students per age category/per language.
  • The school’s official Teacher/Coordinator should register the selected students and their chosen poems on or before 21 October 2024.
  • Participating schools can use the above criteria for their internal round (Round 1) to select students for the semi-final round.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be UAE residents, in full-time education, and in the specified age groups of (8-13) or (14-18) by 21 October 2024.
  • The competition is open to students of all abilities, including students of determination. Please see details for Education for People of Determination on the official portal of the UAE government website.
  • Each school can enter a maximum of two students per age group per language based on the student’s age on the closing date of 21 October 2024.
  • First place winners from the previous year (2024) in every age group must not participate in the next year (2025), unless they have moved to the next age category. This is to encourage wider participation across the school.
  • Participants are required to choose a poem for their performance from the approved list provided on our website as per the age group.
  • Only students participating in the Students of Determination category (8-18) can either choose from the approved list provided on our website or select a poem of their choice.
  • Participating students are required to memorize their selected performance poems; no paper, books, and/or phones will be permitted during the performance.
  • Schools must conduct Round 1 (Internal School Round) and register students via the website by the closing date of 21 October 2024.
  • The entrants give permission for the Emirates Literature Foundation, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Emirates NBD to publicise photographic images/videos of the participating students in all stages of the competition in related publicity material and activities. Schools should be aware that they might need to obtain parental consent for this.
  • Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entertained with regard to these decisions.
  • Please note that participating schools which do not adhere to the said terms and conditions will be disqualified.

Contact Us

If you have queries regarding the Emirates NBD Poetry For All Competition, please email:

Aira Anupol:
aira.anupol@emirateslitfest.com
Aliya Khan:
aliya.khan@emirateslitfest.com
Competitions Team:
competitions@emirateslitfest.com

Enter the Competition

We have concluded the 2023-2024 edition of this competition. The 2024-2025 edition will be launched later this year


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