The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Registration Guidelines - 2018/2019

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Registration Guidelines - 2018/2019

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Registration Guidelines for Junior and Senior Category Student for the 2018/2019 Session

Interested in current issues? Want to EXPRESS YOUR ideas globally? Ready to write about it? Then apply for the ongoing Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, established in 1883. 

With thousands of young people taking part every year,it is an important way for the young voice of the Commonwealth to be developed and heard.
 
Through the sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, the 2018 theme asks young
writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens, particularly young people. 

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners' Week in London. Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

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.

GUIDELINES

• All nationals and residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories aged 18 and under are eligible to enter the competition, including entrants from The Gambia, The Maldives and Zimbabwe.

• Residents of non-Commonwealth countries whose entries are submitted through their local RCS branch are also eligible.
 
• All entries must be in English.
 
• Entrants are asked to present their work in the format that best conveys their message, be that an essay, poem, story, folk tale, script, letter, diary entry, monologue or other written style. Photos and drawings are encouraged, particularly in the Junior Category.

• Full terms and conditions are available at www.thercs.org/competition 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018 is run by The Royal Commonwealth Society.

AWARDS

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. 

ESSAY COMPETITION TOPICS AND ELIGIBILITY

SENIOR CATEGORY

Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of age)
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.

JUNIOR CATEGORY

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 coun try’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people?
4 Our Common Earth. 

Judges described entries to the competition in 2017 as ‘emotive’ ‘hauntingly assuring’ ’striking’ and as having ‘powerful narratives’, that ‘this letter should be read by everyone’. We expect a similiarly high calibre of writing for 2018.

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

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week-long series of educational and cultural events. For more information about the competition, please visit Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

CONTACTS

Contact the RCS
Email: competitions@thercs.org
Website: thercs.org/competition
Twitter: @CWEssayComp
Facebook: facebook.com/CWEssayComp


CLOSING DATE

ENTER BY 1ST JUNE 2018

History of the Essay Competition

The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. Run by the RCS since 1883, this international schools’ writing contest – the world's oldest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project.

In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
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