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Emirates NBD Poetry For All Competition

About the Competition:

Emirates NBD Poetry For All is an annual competition run by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to celebrate poetry performance and recital.
Students learn poetry by heart and give an emotional response to the language and ideas of the poet.

Click here to view the winners of the 2019 edition of the competition.

Important update – new for 2020!

  • The Festival dates are 4-9 February 2020.
  • Key dates to note:
    Registration closes 6 October
    Semi-final round Week of 17 November (term 1)
    Final round 4 February
    Special Celebration 5 February
    All winners are invited to a special celebratory event at the Festival which will be held in their honour on 5 February. The first place winner in each category will recite their poem again at the event. All finalists are also invited to attend.
    Entrants performing in English and Arabic are required to recite a poem of their choice from the lists provided on this website.

How the Competition Works

Round 1: (Internal School Round):
  • Each school chooses how to select the best 2 students per age group, using internal judges.
  • The age groups are 8-13 and 14-18.
  • Each student can participate in Arabic or in English.
  • The school’s official Teacher/Coordinator should register the selected students and their poems, chosen from the provided list, on or before 6 Oct 2019.
Round 2: (Inter-school Semi-final Round):
  • The semi-final will take place in the week of 17 November
  • Registered schools will receive an email about the details of the semi-final round, including the date, timings and venue
  • Each student will recite the poem they selected when registering online for the competition
  • For the 14-18 age category, students need to prepare and explain why they have chosen the poem (not exceeding 50 words).
  • 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 on Tuesday 4 Feb 2020 during the Festival
  • An email will be sent to all finalists including the details of the final round; timings and venue.
  • Students have a choice of reciting the same poem as in the semi-final round or choosing a new one from the list provided on the website
  • The judges will evaluate each finalist’s performance and the winners for each age group will then be announced.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with regard to these decisions.

Prizes:

The winners in each category will be honoured during the Festival and will receive winners’ plaques.

Winners are also invited to a special celebratory event at the Festival which will be held in their honour on 5 February. The first place winner in each category will recite their poem again at the event.

All finalists are invited to attend.

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.

Poems

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

Schools requiring clarification on the exact text of the poem should contact Dania Droubi at competitions@emirateslitfest.com.

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 2 students per age category/per language
  • The school’s official Teacher/Coordinator should register the selected students and their chosen poems on or before 6 Oct 2019.
  • Participating schools should use the above criteria for their internal round (Round 1) to select students for the semi-final round.
  • For further queries regarding the Emirates NBD Poetry For All Competition, please contact our Competitions Manager, Dania Droubi on 04 355 9844 or at competitions@emirateslitfest.com

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be in full-time education, and in the specified age groups of (8-13) or (14-18) by 6 Oct 2019
  • Each school can enter a maximum of 2 students per age group per language.
  • Entrants are welcome from the GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) Finalists must be prepared to attend the all rounds in Dubai at their own expense.
  • Schools must conduct Round 1 and register students via the website by the specified date of 6 October 2019.
  • The entrants give permission for the Emirates Literature Foundation, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Emirates NBD to publicise photographic images 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 entered into with regard to these decisions.
  • Please note that participating schools which do not adhere to the said terms and conditions will be disqualified.
  • By entering the competition, entrants agree to observe the terms and conditions of the competition.

Enter the competition

    School Information

  • Teacher / coordinator Information

    Please enter the details of the coordinator or Teacher for the competition within your school.
  • My student(s) will be reciting in English *

  • Student Information

    Age Group (8 -13)
    If only entering one student enter N/A in second student box

    Student 1
  • Student 2
  • Age Group (14 -18)
    If only entering one student enter N/A in second student box

    Student 1
  • Student 2
  • I certify that I have read and agree with the terms and conditions*

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