The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020

posted on: 25 May, 2020.
THe Queen's Essay Competition 2020


Royal Commonwealth Society is currently accepting applications for the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020.

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC) is the world's oldest international schools' writing competition and has been run by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. This highly regarded, Pan-Commonwealth literacy programme is a unique opportunity for aspiring young writers to share their stories and have their say on global issues, all whilst developing key skills.

Theme for this year
"Climate Action and the Commonwealth"
Drawing on the urgency of the ongoing climate crisis and increasing youth activism across the Commonwealth; 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.

Worth of Award
-Winners and Runners-up will be brought to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony.
- A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be given in both the Senior and Junior categories, rewarding excellence in writing.
- All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation

-Senior Category Topics
Born between 1 July 2001 and 30 June 2006 (14-18 years of age)
  1. 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?
  2. There is no Planet B: How will climate change affects you and your community
  3. 'We will never stop fighting for this planet' - Greta Thunberg. How can young people make change happen?
  4. The destruction of the oceans is everyone's concern.

Junior Category Topics
Born on or after 1 July 2006 (under 14 years of age)
  1. Imagine you are Planet Earth, what would you say to humans?
  2. A Blue Commonwealth: it is not too late to save our oceans. True or false?
  3. 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?
  4. My planet, my place.


Guidelines for Applications
    Nationals and residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories aged 18 and under are eligible to enter the competition, including entrants from the Maldives and Zimbabwe
  • All entries must be written in English
  • Entries are accepted from residents of non-Commonwealth countries who submit through their local RCS branch.
  • Entrants can be presented in any form/ method of creative writing. Pictures/ Illustrations are particularly encouraged in the Junior Category.
  • Full terms and conditions are available at T&C

The Commonwealth is a a voluntary network of 53 countries, based on a shared English language and the key values of democracy, equality, tolerance, human rights and the rule of law.
Location: Online
Deadline: Tue, 30 Jun, 2020

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