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Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 

Last date to apply

May 1, 2017

About Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is conducted by The Royal Common Wealth Society in partnership with Cambridge University Press since 1883.This Essay Contest is the world's oldest and largest school's International writing Competition.In 2016, Approximately 13,500 entries from nearly every Commonwealth countries were received.

The theme of the Competition: ‘'A Commonwealth for Peace'-
We are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth - Jury

Topics for the Essay Writing Competition


Topics for Junior Category Topics for Senior Category

1. What is in your Toolbox for Peace?    

1. Peace

2. My peaceful place

2. Should you fight for peace?
3. How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society? 3. Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to your country and/or the Commonwealth.
4. ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion.You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth? 4. What is the cost of peace?

Students can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play

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Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region India and all Common Wealth Countries >> List of Commonwealth countries
Class/ Age Upto 18 years
  • The Competition would be conducted in two age groups:
    • Junior (under 14 years)- Born on May 1, 2002
    • Senior (14–18 years)- Born on May 2, 1997 
      and May 1, 2002
  • The Participant must be living in, or be a national of, a Commonwealth country/territory
  • The competition is open to all students who are currently studying GCSE, AS / A2 Level or IB Economics anywhere in the world

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Reward

Junior Category   Senior Category
 Junior Prize Winner Senior Prize Winner
Junior Runner Up  Senior  Runner Up 
 Gold Awards Gold Awards
 Silver Awards Silver Awards
Bronze Awards  Bronze Awards 
  • One winner and One runner-up each from Junior and Senior category will be flown to London for a week of cultural and educational visits culminating in a special award event.
  • All four top entries will be published by the RCS.
  • Certificate of Participation: All Certificates for the 2017 Competition will be only generated online by entering the reference number.
    • Reference Number would be given to the students on submission of their entry.

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Application form and Process

All the entries for Queens Commonwealth Essay writing program will be submitted online only; Applicants have to follow the link given below to submit their entries.

  • Students have to submit their entry online >> Submit Online entry here
  • Answers can be submitted in some formats, for example, poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay.
  • Entries can only be uploaded in either word doc. Or pdf format.
  • Once an essay is submitted, the applicant will not have the opportunity to revise it, so they must be careful in their submission.

Guidelines for submission of  Essay 

  • Entrants are encouraged to be creative in their response. 
  • Language: All essays must be in English.
  • Illustrations are welcomed, particularly in Junior entries, but they must enhance the written text and add to the overall quality of the entry.
  • Only one essay per entrant is allowed.
  • The Length of the Submission: The maximum word-counts are 1500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. Exceeding the word-count will result in automatic disqualification.
  • The Essay can be submitted in Microsoft Word document (.doc) or PDF format (.pdf) format online.
  • Applicants can also submit their entries offline also i.e. via Post, and it is recommended to submit your entries before April 1, 2017, for safe submission before the deadline. >> Offline submission entry form

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Award House, 7-11 St Matthew Street

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Selection Process

  • Results will be announced in August 2017(Tentatively).
  • Selection Criteria for Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017
    • originality and flair, linked to sound academic standards
    • competent use of English as a written language and this includes a good standard of spelling and punctuation, neat presentation and clear handwriting or word-processing.
  • Information Brochure
  • Rules of the Competition

The Royal Common Wealth Society in partnership with Cambridge University Press

It was founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. 

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Address

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Award House, 7-11 St Matthew Street

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Contact Details


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