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
- A number of Gold,
Silver and Bronze Awards will be
given in both the Senior and Junior
categories, rewarding excellence
- 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)
Junior Category Topics
Born on or after 1 July 2006 (under 14 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 affects you and
- 'We will never stop fighting
for this planet' - Greta
Thunberg. How can young
people make change happen?
- The destruction of the oceans is everyone's concern.
Guidelines for Applications
- Imagine you are Planet Earth,
what would you say to humans?
- A Blue Commonwealth: it is not
too late to save our oceans. True
- 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
- My planet, my place.
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
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.
- 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