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Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018

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Offline Entries: 1 May 2018

Online Entries: 1 June 2018

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About Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018 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 last day to submit the online entry for Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition is 1 June 2018 and 1 May 2018 is for offline submission.

Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Dates


Events Dates
Last Date for Offline Entry Submission 1 May 2018
Last Date for Online Entry Submission 1 June 2018
Result Announcement August 2018 (Tentative)


The theme of the Competition: 'Towards a Common Future'-
We are asking 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.

Topics for the Essay Writing Competition


Topics for Junior Category Topics for Senior Category

1. What does a 'safer future' mean to you and your community?    

1. The road to a safer future.

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?

2. How does education contribute to a fairer future?
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? 3. ‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
4. Our Common Earth. 4. Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss.

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 Up to 18 years
  • The Competition would be conducted in two age groups:
    • Junior (under 14 years)- Born on 31 May 2004
    • Senior (14–18 years)- Born on 2 June 1999 
      and 31 May 2004
  • 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 2018 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 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

Click here to Download Entry Form
(Entry Form link will be activated when available)

  • 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.

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 .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 1 June 2018 for safe submission before the deadline. Applicants 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 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2018 will be announced in August 2018 (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. 

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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