The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019 | Win a Trip to London

The Royal Commonwealth Society is now accepting submission for the 2019 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 1st June 2019.

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019


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 on the 2018 theme of Towards a Common Future, this year’s topics ask young writers to explore the shared values, interests and experiences across the network, and how they can use this to make positive change. It calls on young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the cast and varied links between citizens. For 2019, they want to hear from all young people, regardless of schooling, education or region. All stories and voices are important.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Topics 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?

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 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 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 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.

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.

In 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.

Apply Here Official Link

Having trouble submitting your essay? Contactcompetitions@thercs.org

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. 

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 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. 

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.

Apply Before: All online entries must be submitted before midnight (GMT) on 1st June 2019;any offline entries must arrive at RCS London by1st May 2019.


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