The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Procedures 2019/2020

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Guidelines 2019/2020


The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Guidelines 2019/2020

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Procedures 2019/2020

Interested in current issues? Want to EXPRESS YOUR ideas globally? Ready to write about it? Then apply for the ongoing Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, established in 1883.

With thousands of young people taking part every year,it is an important way for the young voice of the Commonwealth to be developed and heard.

Through the sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, the 2018 theme asks young
writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens, particularly young people.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner
and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited
to attend Winners’ Week in London. Past winners include author Elspeth
Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime
Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

Topics and Categories.

Senior Category: Born between June 2, 2000 and June 1, 2005 (14-18 years of age)

  1. ‘You
    are the most optimistic, connected generation the world has ever
    known.’ HRH The Duke of Sussex. How can you use Commonwealth connections
    for positive change?
  2. Connected by the oceans; can we work together to protect the environment?
  3. ‘We are all now connected by the Internet’ – Stephen Hawking. What does the future hold for humankind?
  4. Family, Community, Nation, Commonwealth. What are the opportunities for shared, sustainable growth?
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Junior Category: Born on or after June 2, 2005 (under 14 years of age)

  1. My cultural connections.
  2. An overseas visitor is coming to your town for the first time.  How would you connect with them?
  3. A place I feel connected to.
  4. The Commonwealth connects people across borders – what can we learn from our neighbours?


  • 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
  • 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 nothave 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.)


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

Have you:

  • Read the competition’s Terms and Conditions and shown your parents?
  • Checked for spelling, grammar, punctuation and plagiarism?
  • Made sure you are using a computer? (the online platform currently does not work on a mobile device)

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, then you are ready to enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.
order to submit your essay you will need to register, making sure to
complete all the mandatory fields. The password you register with will
be used to login to your account, where you can see your registration
details and reference number. IMPORTANT: You must upload your entry at
the point of registration (in other words, you cannot register and
return later to upload your entry). Please note that you will have only
one opportunity to submit your essay so ensure that the correct and
final version is uploaded before exiting the registration process. After
submission, you should receive a confirmation email to the address you
registered with. Please note: we do not accept essays sent by email.
Having trouble submitting your essay? Contact

Offline Submission Procedure:

submissions are very difficult to process and can mean that your entry
arrives after the Competition closing date. We will only accept an
offline entry where the person submitting has no access to internet and
is unable to submit online.

If you are submitting your entry by post, please complete an entry form in
block capitals and attach it to the front of your essay. Entries should
be sent to your nearest postal hub, details of which are listed below.

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Please note that for postal entries, your essay must be received by 1 May 2019 in
order to be eligible. We therefore suggest that you send your essay
with plenty of time for delivery, as essays received by a postal hub
after 1 May will not be considered in the competition.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Commonwealth House
55-58 Pall Mall

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
British High Commission
Julius Nyerere Links
PO Box 296

Americas and the Caribbean 
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
P.O. Box 878

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
Education Department
British Council
30 Napier Road
Singapore 258509

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
PO Box 10-741
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please ensure your envelope is clearly labelled with ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’.

All individuals and schools are encouraged to enter online if possible.

Deadline: All online entries must be submitted before midnight (GMT) on 1st June 2019; any offline entries must arrive at RCS London by 1st May 2019.


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