The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 | Win a Trip to London


The Royal Commonwealth Society is now accepting submission for the 2020 edition of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under. Deadline for the submission of entries is 30th June 2020.

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

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.



Building upon the 2019 theme of A Connected Commonwealth, this year’s topics draw on the increasing youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis. Young people are called upon to consider their position and power in bringing about change, and how the Commonwealth can be used as a tool for positive action. The Final Panel of expert judges described entries to the competition in 2019 as ‘massively memorable’, ‘original’ and ‘very powerful’. The RCS expects a similarly high calibre of writing for 2020.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Topics Categories.

Senior Category: Born between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2006 (14-18 years of age)

  • Imagine you are President of one of the Commonwealth’s 31 Small States and you have been invited to give a speech on Climate Change to other Commonwealth leaders, what will you say?
  • There is no Planet B: How will Climate Change affect you and your community?
  • ‘We will never stop fighting for this planet’ – Greta Thunberg. How can young people make change happen?
  • The destruction of the Oceans everyone’s concern.

Junior Category: Born on or after July 1, 2006 (under 14 years of age)

  • Imagine you are Planet Earth, what would you say to Humans?
  • A Blue Commonwealth: it is not too late to save our oceans. True or False?
  • In 2019, students in more than 100 countries walked out of school to protest climate change. How can young people get their voices heard and make a difference?
  • My planet, my place.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Eligibility.

  • 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 30th June 2020. Senior entrants must be born between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2006 (14-18 years) and Junior entrants must be born after 1 July 2006 (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 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.)

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Benefits.

  • 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.

How to Enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Wait! Have you: 

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, then you are ready to compose your entry to The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Apply Here Official Link

Once you’ve submitted your piece, your personal online dashboard will confirm that you have entered. This is also where you can download your certificate from when the results are announced in September 2020.

Offline Submission Procedure:

Offline 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. 

As the RCS has developed a new user-friendly, online platform we do not anticipate many entrants needing to submit offline. Please try to submit online before sending your entry via post and contact competitions@thercs.org if you are experiencing difficulties. 

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.

Please note that for postal entries, your essay must be received by 30 May 2020 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 30 May will not be considered in the competition. 

Europe
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Commonwealth House
55-58 Pall Mall
London 
SW1Y 5JH
UK 

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

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

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

Pacific
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, however please note that no entry will be accepted by email. 


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