Cultural Readers competition

View the winning Cultural Reader: Ukraine by Class 5-C of the Taras Shevchenko Gymnasium

Winners announced!

We received many entries to the Cultural Readers Competition and many of them were of very high quality, with fantastic stories about home towns and countries, and beautiful drawings of national dishes, famous people and landmarks.

We received entries from many different countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, Argentina, Czech Republic and Malaysia. We would like to say thank you to all the teachers and students for sending in their Cultural Readers. We hope you enjoyed the project!

After much deliberation, our judges have chosen the three winners. The judges took into account the quality of the writing, the variety of and quality of the drawings, and how the task was interpreted by the class.

The winners of the Cultural Readers competition 2013 are:

First place: Taras Shevchenko Gymnasium from Kirovohrad, Ukraine
Judge’s comment: “Excellent English and a nice variety of styles and media in the artwork. It follows the Cultural Readers style closely and the students have done a lot of research.”

Second place: Zaporizka Gimnasia #31 from Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
Judge’s comment: “The artwork is amazing and the Culture and Cuisine chapters are very strong.”

Third place: A-School from Podolsk, Russia
“I like it that the artwork has captions and a recurring character. There’s a lot of in-depth high-interest info about tourist attractions. It’s more of a guidebook format: an original interpretation of the brief!”

The winning school, Taras Shevchenko Gymnasium, has won 30 printed copies of their Cultural Reader ‘Ukraine’ and a class set of Readers. In due course, their Cultural Reader about the Urkaine will also feature on this website for all of you to read!

The runners up, Zaporizka Gimnasia #31 and A-School, will each receive 5 Macmillan Readers of their choice.

We would also like to commend the following schools and students for sending in exceptional entries to this competition:

Donetsk School #94, Ukraine, for sending in a beautiful Cultural Reader about the flora in their country.

Chortkiv Boarding school, Ukraine, for showing their commitment to the project “Chortkiv, an enchanted town” by interviewing local people including their mayor and headmaster.

Tvrdosin Gymnazium, Slovakia, for delivering a well-rounded Cultural Reader on their country.

Kherson Classic School #6, Ukraine, for sending in great artwork and a strong chapter on food.


Competition for schools

Write your own Cultural Reader with your class. What can you tell us about your town, city or country? You can write about many topics, like history, geography, nature, culture, people, food, or sport. You can include text and drawings.

How it works

  • Your submitted Cultural Reader must be no more than a total of 3000 words long and contain no more than 10 drawings. All text and drawings must be solely your own work. Please don’t send in any pictures as these won’t be accepted.
  • All text should be sent in a Word document. All drawings should be sent as JPG or PNG files. All chapters must be written in English.
  • The most creative and original entry which reflects the style and spirit of the Cultural Readers will be selected by a panel of judges as the winning entry.
  • All entries must be received by midnight (GMT) on 31st August 2013 and winners will be notified by 30th September 2013.
  • All entries must be sent to with Cultural Readers Competition in the subject line. Please include your names, the name of your school and class (if applicable), age(s) and contact details for the teacher and school.
  • The winning school will win 30 printed copies of their Cultural Reader book and a class set of Readers (30 Macmillan Readers) as selected by Macmillan Education. The two runners up will receive 5 Macmillan Readers of their choice from the current catalogue.
  • The winning entry will be made available to the public for free in PDF form for downloading and printing on

Please carefully read our Terms & Conditions before entering the competition, as this contains important information about the competition.

Would you like to take part in this competition with your class? Have a look at this example lesson plan on how to run a class project to create your own Cultural Reader. You can download sample chapters and read more about our Cultural Readers here.

Macmillan Cultural Readers are a strand of the popular Graded Readers series. They are a series of factual readers focusing on countries and culture. Every reader includes chapters on history, traditions, daily life, cities, nature and sport. New 2013 titles England and The United States of America are available now and Brazil will be available in the summer.