The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018 - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students


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Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018 is now open for entries; submissions can be made until 1st June 2018.

 'Towards a Common Future'

Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Commonwealth for Peace', this year’s theme 'Towards a Common Future' and its topics ask young writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under until 1 June 2018.


Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of ageThe road to a safer future.
  1. The road to a safer future.
  2. How does education contribute to a fairer future? 
  3. ‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
  4. Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss. 

      Born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age)

      1. What does a 'safer future' mean to you and your community? 
      2. Write a recipe for a common future: what ingredients will you need? What is the best method for making it? What will it look like?
      3. ‘A Day in the Life’. Imagine you are your country’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people?
      4. Our Common Earth.

        Terms and Conditions
        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, Ireland, The Gambia, Maldives 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 2017. Senior entrants must be born between 2nd June 1999 and 1st June 2004 (14-18) and Junior entrants must be born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age).
        3. The maximum word counts are 1,500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.
        4. Entries must be written in English.
        5. 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 and improve your writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.)

        One Winner and Runner-up will be chosen from each category.
        Winners and Runners-up will be flown 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. 

        Contact the RCS

        Registration link

        For further information visit website

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