CALL FOR APPLICATION

2019 QUEEN’S COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION

DEADLINE: 1ST MAY, 2019

 

 

COMMONWEALTH MASTER’S SCHOLARSHIP 2019

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019 – A Connected Commonwealth.

Building on the 2018 theme of Towards a Common Future, this year’s topics ask young writers to explore the shared values, interests and experiences across the network, and how they can use this to make positive change. It calls on young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the cast and varied links between citizens.

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2019 COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE FOR UNPUBLISHED SHORT FICTION

For 2019, we want to hear from all young people, regardless of schooling, education or region.  All stories and voices are important.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and runs from Monday 5 November until 1 June 2019. 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.

Topics

SENIOR CATEGORY

Born between 2 June 2000 and 1 June 2005 (14-18 years of age)

  1. ‘You are the most optimistic, connected generation the world has ever known.’ HRH The Duke of Sussex. How can you use Commonwealth connections for positive change?
  2. Connected by the oceans; can we work together to protect the environment?
  3. ‘We are all now connected by the Internet’ – Stephen Hawking. What does the future hold for humankind?
  4. Family, Community, Nation, Commonwealth. What are the opportunities for shared, sustainable growth?

JUNIOR CATEGORY

Born on or after 2 June 2005 (under 14 years of age)

  1. My cultural connections.
  2. An overseas visitor is coming to your town for the first time.  How would you connect with them?
  3. A place I feel connected to.
  4. The Commonwealth connects people across borders – what can we learn from our neighbours?

Judges described entries to the competition in 2018 as ‘‘fantastically imaginative’, ‘hopeful’, ‘quite exceptional’ and ‘passionate’. We expect a similarly high calibre of writing for 2019.

How you enter the Competition is changing!

The Royal Commonwealth Society wants all young people across the Commonwealth to be able to enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition regardless of education, location and background. To achieve this, the Society is working to create a brand-new, user friendly and secure platform that works on all devices. We are excited to share this news and hope to encourage a wider range of young people to enter – look out for our announcement when it’s launched.

The theme and topics for 2019 have now been announced so we encourage teachers, librarians, parents and young people to begin thinking about the Competition and working on your entries. Once the new platform is unveiled in early 2019, you can visit the site and upload your entry.

For more information, please get in touch with our Competitions team.


Don’t forget! Have you:

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, then you are ready to compose your entry to The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.


Submit your entry by post

Offline submissions are very difficult to process and can mean that your entry arrives after the Competition closing date. We will only accept an offline entry where the person submitting has no access to internet and is unable to submit online.

If you are submitting your entry by post, please complete an entry form in block capitals and attach it to the front of your essay. Entries should be sent to your nearest postal hub, details of which are listed below.

Please note that for postal entries, your essay must be received by 1 May 2019 in order to be eligible. We therefore suggest that you send your essay with plenty of time for delivery, as essays received by a postal hub after 1 May will not be considered in the competition.

Europe
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Commonwealth House
55-58 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5JH
UK

Africa
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
British High Commission
Julius Nyerere Links
PO Box 296
Accra
Ghana

Americas and the Caribbean
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
P.O. Box 878
Bridgetown
Barbados

Asia
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
Education Department
British Council
30 Napier Road
Singapore 258509

Pacific
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
PO Box 10-741
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please ensure your envelope is clearly labelled with ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’.

All individuals and schools are encouraged to enter online if possible, however please note that no entry will be accepted by email. 

 

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