The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019 is now closed for entries, with our team of pan-Commonwealth judges working hard to read and assess every single entry. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Results will be announced in September 2019, and certificates available from then.

QCEC 19 Launch Full line up

The theme for 2019 was A Connected Commonwealth. The event was the first launch outside of the UK in many years, in the presence of Dr Greg Munro, RCS Chief Executive; Dr. Mary Ashun, Principal of Ghana International School; Mr Tom Hartley, Deputy High Commissioner to Ghana; HRH The Duchess of Cornwall; Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of Ghana; Mr. Eric Kutortse, Chairman of First Sky Group and Serene Insurance; Edward Enninful Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue magazine and John Apea, RCS Regional Co-ordinator for Africa (pictured L-R above). 

QCEC 19 Launch Kids and EE

Building on the 2018 theme of Towards a Common Future, this year’s topics called upon young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.  It asked young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens.

The Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard - all whilst developing key skills. For 2019, we want to hear from more young people across the Commonwealth, all stories and voices are important.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events. For more information about the competition, please see Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

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History of the Essay Competition

 group studentsThe RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity by celebrating excellence and imagination. Run by the RCS since 1883, this international schools’ writing contest is a highly regarded and popular international education project.

In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of The Royal Commonwealth Society.     

 The Society is grateful for the support of Claned, sponsor of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition. Claned is a cloud-based learning platform that maximizes learning outcomes by combining artificial intelligence, collaborative learning and world-class pedagogy based in Helsinki, Finland.

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