Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognise achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.
Each year, aspiring young writers are asked to submit their pieces in response to a theme. This year’s topics draw on the increasing youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis. Young people are called upon to consider their position and power in bringing about change, and how the Commonwealth can be used as a tool for positive action.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary network of 53 countries, based on a shared English language and the key values of democracy, equality, tolerance, human rights and the rule of law.
Junior Competition Entries (under 14 years)
Born on or after 1 July 2006 (under 14 years of age)
1. Imagine you are Planet Earth, what would you say to humans?
2. A Blue Commonwealth: it is not too late to save our oceans. True or false?
3. In 2019, students in more than 100 countries walked out of school to protest climate change. How can young people get their voices heard and make a difference?
4. My planet, my place.
All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Junior category will win a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events.