Commonwealth Essay Competition

Colombo International School Essay Certificates 2012

The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth through our competitions. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination.

Our essay competition gives young people from diverse backgrounds a platform to express their views about the world and their dreams for the future. Participants continue to demonstrate their ability to stimulate and provoke discussions about important issues like (but not limited to) poverty, sustainable development, gender inequality, child labour and universal education.

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014


Download the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 topics here.

For 131 years, the Commonwealth Essay Competition has inspired thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the RCS, this international schools’ writing contest – the world's oldest and largest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project. In 2013, over 11,000 young people from 55 Commonwealth countries and territories took part.  

Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under, the Essay Competition offers young people the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform and engage with issues important to them. Every year, judges are impressed with the extremely high standard of entry as participants compete with their peers from every corner of the Commonwealth. For many bright and ambitious students, this is the ultimate competition!

Now run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, the competition remains an important means of expression for young people across the Commonwealth. Read about the 2013 winners here.

This year's theme is 'Team Commonwealth'. As athletes gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display both within and between nations. Young writers are encouraged to explore this theme in fun, academic, witty and most of all creative ways!

1st May is the deadline! Enter the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 here.

Did you win an award in 2013? Download your certificate here by entering your reference number.

The RCS is currently searching for partners to support our competitions in a number of ways. It could be sponsoring a prize; contributing to the awards ceremony; helping with a workshop or internship locally or in London; sharing ideas and networks; or providing corporate financial sponsorship. We are grateful for all support to ensure that these worthwhile and rewarding programmes continue to flourish across the world. See here to learn more about supporting RCS competitions.

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