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Chevron Readers’ Cup

About the Competition:

The Chevron Readers’ Cup is a reading competition for schools, held annually by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

Teams of four students study a selection of books to compete for the Cup. The books will include titles written by some authors attending the Festival and classic fiction for young people.

  • Click here to view the winners of the 2020 edition of the competition.
  • Click here to view the finalists of the 2020 edition of the competition.

Important update – new for 2020!

  • The Festival dates are 4-9 February 2020.
    Key dates to note:

    Registration closes6 October
    First round27 October – 7 November
    (term 1)
    Please note the date of
    the first round for your
    – you will receive
    this in a confirmation email
    upon registration.
    Final round6 February
  • Student teams will now read three books for the first round and three new books for the final round.

Competition Process:

First Round:

  • The list of books for the Chevron Readers’ Cup 2020 can be found online here
  • Teams of students are chosen (maximum of 4 students per team)
  • Each school/branch may enter up to two teams in Primary (up to age 11) and up to two teams in Secondary (age 12 to 16)
  • Each school appoints one designated coordinator for the competition
  • Schools register their teams online via the Festival website from 8 September 2019
  • Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email including important information:
    • titles of the three books
    • certificate of participation
    • dates for the first round per Emirate (27 October – 7 November)
      Note that the first round will take place during term 1
  • Schools can purchase the books from Magrudy’s Bookshops online and around the UAE
  • The first round will take place in a central location during term 1 (27 October – 7 November)
  • The specific locations and timings of the first round will be announced to registered schools by email during the week of 13 October
  • The first-round questions will consist of a written quiz on the three books
  • An email will be sent to all participating schools announcing the finalists
  • The closing date to register the teams is 6 October 2019


  • The list of books for the Final Round of the Chevron Readers’ Cup 2020 can be found online here
  • The 20 teams in each age group with the highest scores go head to head in the finals of Chevron Readers’ Cup competition
  • School coordinators for teams which have reached the finals will receive an email notifying them of the three new books to be studied for the final round
  • The finals take place during the Festival on Thursday 6 February 2020
  • In the finals, the questions will be read out and the students will write down their answers.
  • Questions will cover the three new books only (books from the first round are not included in the finals)
  • Questions will cover the three new books (books from the first round are not included in the finals(
  • The Award Ceremony for each age group will follow the completion of the final round held during the 2020 Festival

The Prize:

The winners will be honoured at the 2020 Festival.
The overall first-placed teams in each age group will receive:

  • A trophy for each winning school
  • Medals for each member of the winning team
  • A voucher from Magrudy’s Bookshops for AED 2000 for each winning team

The second and third-placed teams will be honoured at the Festival 2020.

Please read the following points carefully:

    • Schools wishing to enter students in the Arabic competition should register here, while those entering in English should use the form below.
    • Each school can register in English and Arabic, and can enter up to two teams in each language in each age category.
    • For examples of Chevron Readers’ Cup questions from previous years, please click here for Primary and here for Secondary
  • The books are available from Magrudy’s Bookshops around the UAE. Visit their website for store locations

  • For further enquiries regarding the Chevron Readers’ Cup, please contact Competitions Manager Dania Droubi on +971 4 355 9844, or [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

  • By entering the competition, entrants agree to observe the terms and conditions of the competition
  • Each school can enter up to two teams of four students per language per age group
  • Entrants are welcome from the GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait). Finalists must be prepared to attend the final rounds in Dubai at their own expense.
  • The entrants give permission for the Emirates Literature Foundation and Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 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

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