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The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background. Moreover, it is a platform to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard – all whilst developing key skills. For 2019, it seeks to hear from more young people across the Commonwealth, all stories and voices are important.

The Royal Commonwealth Society wants all young people across the Commonwealth to be able to enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition regardless of education, location and background. The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and runs until 1 June 2019. The theme for 2019 is A Connected Commonwealth. Building on the 2018 theme of Towards a Common Future, this year’s topics call upon young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.  Also, it asks young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens.

Topics for Essays

Senior Category

Born between 2 June 2000 and 1 June 2005 (14-18 years of age)

  • ‘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?
  • Connected by the oceans; can we work together to protect the environment?
  • ‘We are all now connected by the Internet’ – Stephen Hawking. What does the future hold for humankind?
  • Family, Community, Nation, Commonwealth. What are the opportunities for shared, sustainable growth?

Junior Category

Born on or after 2 June 2005 (under 14 years of age)

  • My cultural connections.
  • An overseas visitor is coming to your town for the first time.  How would you connect with them?
  • A place I feel connected to.
  • The Commonwealth connects people across borders – what can we learn from our neighbours?


All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner as well as Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline01 May,2019
Open toCitizens of Commonwealth Countries
OrganizerThe Royal Commonwealth Society
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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