Commonwealth Essay Competition

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 - Submit Entry

Last date to apply

30 June 2021

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About Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 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. From 2010 till now Approximately 1,00,000 essay entries have been received. The last day to submit the online entry form for Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition is 30 June 2021

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Dates

Events Dates
Online Entry submission begins 1 May 2021 
Last Date for Online Entry Submission 30 June 2021
Result Announcement August 2021 (Tentative)


Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition Theme

The theme for the 2021 Essay writing competition is "Community in the Commonwealth'

The theme for this year is asking young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.  It asks young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens.

Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition Topics

Topics for Junior Category Topics for Senior Category

1. The year is 2050 and you’ve been asked to write about the coronavirus pandemic for a museum. What story would you tell?

1. Discuss the following: “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

2. Tell a story of how you, or someone you know, helped others during the pandemic.

2. Keeping connected through COVID-19
3. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again’ – HM Queen Elizabeth II After the pandemic, you are seeing a friend for the first time. What new hobbies would you share with them? 3. It’s been 30 years since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, what does the world look like
4. What did you miss most during the pandemic? 4. Imagine you are the Head of a Commonwealth nation heavily affected by COVID-19 and giving a national address at the end of the pandemic. What would you say to your community

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 as well as residents of Zimbabwe
Class/ Age Up to 18 years
  • Entries are accepted from residents of non-Commonwealth countries who submit through their local RCS branch
  • The Competition would be conducted in two age groups
    • Junior (under 14 years) - Born on or after 1 July 2007 (under 14 years of age)
    • Senior (14–18 years)- Born between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2007 (14-18 years)
  • 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 the 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 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 the Queens Commonwealth Essay writing program can be submitted through both online and offline mode. The applicants can click on the following link to submit their entries online or download the entry form.

Click here to Apply Online 
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Click here to download Entry Form

  • Answers can be submitted in some formats, for example, poem, letter, folktale, 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.
  • Entrants can be presented in any form/ method of creative writing. Pictures/ Illustrations are particularly encouraged in the Junior Category

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 an automatic disqualification.
  • The Essay can be submitted in Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) 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 the deadline.
  • Those submitting the offline entry have to send the offline entry form at the following address.

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Award House, 7-11 St Matthew Street
London, SW1P 2JT, UK

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Selection Process

The result of the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition will be announced in August (Tentatively). Participants are expected to show originality and flair, linked to sound academic standards and competent use of English as a written language. This includes a good standard of spelling and punctuation, neat presentation, and clear hand-writing or word-processing.

The Royal Common Wealth Society in partnership with Cambridge University Press

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

Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition Winners 2018

Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition Winners 2018

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Contact Details

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Award House, 7-11 St Matthew Street
London, SW1P 2JT, UK

E-mail: competitions@thercs.org

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