Funding brief: The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past, through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens.
Building upon the 2017 theme of ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’, this year’s theme ‘Towards a Common Future’ and its topics ask 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.
● Senior Category
Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of age)
The road to a safer future.
How does education contribute to a fairer future?
‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss.
● Junior Category
Born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age)
What does a ‘safer future’ mean to you and your community?
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?
‘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?
Our Common Earth.
Donor Name: The Royal Commonwealth Society
Funding name: The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
Deadline: All online entries must be submitted before midnight (GMT) on 1st, June, 2018; any offline entries must arrive at RCS London by 1st, May, 2018
Funding limit: All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners’ Week in London. Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2017. Senior entrants must be born between 2nd June 1999 and 1st June 2004 (14-18) and Junior entrants must be born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age).
Eligible Country: The competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories (https://thercs.org/international-network/ ), as well as residents of The Gambia, the Maldives and Zimbabwe. Residents of non-Commonwealth countries whose entries are submitted through their local RCS branch are also eligible.
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Register to Apply: https://essay.thercs.org/
● Guideline: https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/commonwealth-essay-competition-rules/
● Flyer: https://thercs.org/assets/Essay-Competition/QueensEssayCompetition-Flyer-2018-corrected-forwebsite.pdf
● FAQ: https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/frequently-asked-questions/
● Eligible countries: https://thercs.org/international-network/
How to apply: In order to submit your essay you will need to register, making sure to complete all the mandatory fields. The password you register (https://essay.thercs.org/) with will be used to login to your account, where you can see your registration details and reference number. IMPORTANT: You must upload your entry at the point of registration (in other words, you cannot register and return later to upload your entry). Please note that you will have only one opportunity to submit your essay so ensure that the correct and final version is uploaded before exiting the registration process. After submission, you should receive a confirmation email to the address you registered with. Please note: we do not accept essays sent by email.
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