The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015

‘A Young Commonwealth’

This year’s theme, ‘A Young Commonwealth’, recognises that young people account for the majority of the Commonwealth’s population and play a vital role in shaping the world that we live in, now and in years to come. The Royal Commonwealth Society is inviting young people to share their hopes and concerns for the future, thereby generating an important youth perspective and Commonwealth wide dialogue as the international community gathers to set development goals for the next 15 years. 

Click here to download the competition flyer for display in classrooms, to share with friends and for reference to the topics.

The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Important dates:

The deadline for entries is 1st May 2015.
The results will be announced early September 2015. 
For 2015, The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is run in partnership with Cambridge University Press.Find out more about them here.

Topics

Participants are encouraged to be creative in their response. Answers can be submitted in number of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay.
Multiple submissions are not allowed and will lead to disqualification. For more information, see the Terms and Conditions.
Junior Category

Born after 1st May 2001 (under 14 years)

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
  2. Imagine what the world will be like when you are an old person.
  3. I am the future!
  4. Imagine you are a young person living in a different part of the Commonwealth. What is life like for you?
Senior Category

Born between 2nd May 1996 and 1st May 2001 (14-18 years)

  1. What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
  2. In 2030 you will no longer be young. What changes would you like to see in the world in 15 years’ time?
  3. Youth versus experience.
  4. Fresh perspectives. What can a young Commonwealth offer?

Entries should be submitted online for the 2015 competition. However, offline submissions will be accepted where secure internet connection is an issue.

Submit your entry online

Click here to submit your entry online. Please read the Terms and Conditions page before submitting your essay as your will not be able to rescind or revise it once it’s been uploaded. It is also a good idea to consult our FAQ page before submitting your entry. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS: During the registration process, you will need to enter as "A teacher, on behalf of pupils". You will then have the option to add additional pupils (as many as necessary). Please be sure to enter all the mandatory information for each student. You’ll be given an individual reference number for each student which is needed to download any certificates the student is awarded. Please be sure to keep these reference numbers safe so you can download the certificates for your students, or pass appropriate reference numbers on to each individual so they can download their own certificates later this year.

Submit your entry by post

If you are submitting your entry by post, please complete your entry form in block capitals and attach it to the front of your essay. Entries should be sent to the below address.

Post directly to the Royal Commonwealth Society

FAO Commonwealth Essay Competition
THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY
7-11 St Matthew Street
London
SW1P 2JT

Entries will be disqualified if they fail to meet any of the following requirements:

  1. The Competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories. Note: Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Fiji and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the Competition.
  2. Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2015. Please see flyerfor age guidelines. 
  3. Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check acompetitions@thercs.org

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