The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past, through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens.

Topics
Senior Category

  • The road to a safer future.
  • How does education contribute to a fairer future?
  • ‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
  • Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss.

Junior Category

  • What does a ‘safer future’ mean to you and your community?
  • Write a recipe for a common future: what ingredients will you need? What is
  • the best method for making it? What will it look like?
  • ‘A Day in the Life’. Imagine you are your country’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people?
  • Our Common Earth.

Benefits

  • All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week-long series of educational and cultural events.

Eligibilities

  • The competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories, as well as residents of The Gambia, the Maldives, and Zimbabwe. Residents of non-Commonwealth countries whose entries are submitted through their local RCS branch are also eligible.
  • Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2017. Senior entrants must be born between 2nd June 1999 and 1st June 2004 (14-18) and Junior entrants must be born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age).
  • The maximum word counts are 1,500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Only one entry per participant is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check and improve your writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.)
  • Plagiarism is not accepted in the competition. Every year a number of students are disqualified because they are suspected of plagiarism. Please see their guide to plagiarism before submitting.
  • Essays can only be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or in PDF format (.pdf).
  • All certificates are generated online and the RCS does not send any certificates in the post. You will be given a reference number when you submit your essay. It is very important that you keep this number is a safe place as you will need it to download your certificate. Teachers, please remember to retain the reference numbers for each of your students.
  • For more information please check their official website

 

Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

For further information please visit their official website.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

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