21 APRIL 2017

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

The Royal Commonwealth Society, in partnership with Cambridge University Press, invites young writers to enter the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017, which explores the theme A Commonwealth for Peace.

Winners and runners-up from Junior and Senior categories will be rewarded with a trip to London, including a special Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition, promoting excellence in literacy since 1883. The contest is open to any resident or national of a Commonwealth country aged 18 and under.

It aims to provide a platform for young people from diverse backgrounds to express their views on the meaning, process and importance of peace. Entries can take any form, for example essays, folk tales, scripts or poems. Photos and drawings are also encouraged.

Director of The Royal Commonwealth Society, Michael Lake CBE, said: "Peace is at the heart of the Commonwealth as one of the core articles of the Commonwealth Charter. This year’s topic of ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’ asks young writers to explore peace at every level: from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth."

The competition received around 13,500 entries in 2016, proving its most successful year to date. Building on last year’s topic, An Inclusive Commonwealth, the 2017 theme surrounding peace hopes to attract young writers from the UK and around the globe.

Cambridge University Press has sponsored the contest since 2013. Rod Smith, Managing Director of Education at Cambridge University Press, said: "The Royal Commonwealth Society shares our vision of empowerment through education, and we’re thrilled to be sponsoring The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition once again. We were astounded by the exceptional standard of entries in last year’s competition and are looking forward to celebrating exciting new work and to finding new voices from across the Commonwealth in 2017."

Participants can enter individually or with their school. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online. The competition will be open for submission until 1 May 2017.

More information about the competition including the entry rules and essay topics can be found here.

The flyer can be downloaded here for display in classrooms, to share with friends or interested parties, and for reference to the topics.

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