Friday, 7 February 2014

This year’s theme is ‘Team Commonwealth’. As athletes gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display both within and between nations. Young writers are encouraged to explore this theme in fun, academic, witty, and most of all creative ways!

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014
Deadline: 1st May 2014
Entrants are encouraged to be creative in their response. Answers can be submitted in a number 
of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay – the choice is yours! The Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 is run by the Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with Cambridge University Press. 
Contact the RCS: E: competitions@thercs.org W: www.thercs.org @TheRCSLondon www.facebook.com/rcsyouth
Please see www.thercs.org for full terms and conditions
Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14–18 years) and must be living in, or be a national of, a Commonwealth country/territory.
Past prizes have included
Certificates • Resources for winner’s school • Being invited to meet famous authors • Taking part in expert workshops • Work experience at international organisations • Entries featured in worldwide media.
How to enter
All essays must be in English and can be submitted with an entry form online or via post. For details on postal hubs and how to submit your essay, please visit www.thercs.org

Junior Category
Born after 1st May 2000
1. Tell us about your family or friends. Who are  the team players and who are the stars?
2. ‘You’re one of us now.’ 
3. What makes a good team? What makes a good  team player?
4. Tell us about an instance (or two) where people  from different generations have worked together.
5. Have there been times in your life when you  wished you had someone to team up with?

Senior Category
Born between 2nd May 1995 and 1st May 2000
1. Team Commonwealth! How would you describe  what your country has to offer other members of 
 the team?
2. How can sport build peace in troubled  communities?
3. What part does competition play in people’s  daily lives?
4. Explore the relationship between ethics, sport  and human rights.
5. ‘We’re a good partnership, you and I!’
Junior and Senior
A bonus topic open to all entrants
1. ‘United we stand!’

Deadline: 1st May 2014
Entrants are encouraged to be creative in their response. Answers can be submitted in a number 
of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay – the choice is yours!

Please see www.thercs.org for full terms and conditions

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