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The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is inviting all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under, to take part in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2019, which theme this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’.

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

There are 2 competition categories: 1) Junior Category (those born on or after 2 June 2005, ie below 14 years old); and 2) Senior Category (those born between 2 June 2000 and 1 June 2005, ie 14-18 years of age).

The essay topics for the Junior Category are:

  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?

The essay topics for the Senior Category are:

  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?


Prizes have traditionally been awarded only to the first prize winners in the Senior and Junior categories and also vary year by year. The prizes will be confirmed only after the winners are announced in August 2019. Past prizes have included certificates, resources for winner’s school, visits to Cambridge University, a trip to London and a week of activities, work experience at international organisations, and having the winning essays featured in worldwide media.

Recognition will also be given to the runners up in each category, the Gold Awards, Silver Awards and Bronze Awards winners.


All citizens and residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories, aged 18 and under, are eligible to enter the competition, as well as residents of the Maldives and Zimbabwe (see the Official Website for Commonwealth countries and territories). Residents of non-Commonwealth countries whose entries are submitted through their local RCS branch are also eligible.

The entries must be in English and can be in the form of an essay, poem,story, folk tale, script, reportage, monologue or other written style. Photos and drawings are encouraged, particularly in the Junior Category. Only 1 entry per participant is allowed.

The maximum word counts are 1,500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. Only 1 essay per entrant is allowed.


Entries are to be submitted online by 1 June 2019. Offline entries must arrive at the Royal Commonwealth Society, London by 1 May 2019.  Essays sent by email are not accepted.

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