An amazing and oldest opportunity for young students has been announced by the Royal Commonwealth Society. The opportunity is none other than the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024. In this essay-writing competition, thousands of young students from different schools participated. The program is to uplift the youth and to give them the confidence to raise their voices through their writing and to participate in making this world a better place.

The international essay writing competition started back in 1883. Every essay contest is based on a theme that is followed by students of all 52 Commonwealth countries. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024 wants you to think about how you handle tough times, and how coming together as a community and celebrating our cultures can help us stay strong and hopeful, especially with all the challenges the world is facing.

The participants for this international writing contest 2024 from Commonwealth countries are divided into two categories; Senior Category and Junior Category. The Commonwealth student from the age of 14-18 comes in the Senior Category. Similarly, student below the age of 14 years comes in the Junior Category. However, each category has a different topic for the essay accordingly. Further, each category has its winner and a runner-up. The topics of the essay competition are illustrated in the following paragraphs in detail.

The QCEC 2024 along with its distinctive quality to uplift the youth in the writing arena, has a wonderful opportunity for school students to visit London for a week of education and cultural events. For young students, this essay competition is something they should be wholeheartedly striving for. It will enhance their writing skills and will allow them to broaden their vision while interacting with other international students. In addition to the fully-funded visit to London, the winners will be receiving Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals and all the entrants will also receive a certificate of participation.

Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024:

Host Country:

  • United Kingdom

Organized By:

  • Royal Commonwealth Society

Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Awards:

  • One Week fully-funded trip to London for education and cultural events.
  • Glod, Silver, and Bronze Medals
  • Certificate of Participation.

Eligibility Criteria of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competiton:

  • In this essay writing competition, entrants are divided into two categories.
    • Senior Category: 16 May 2010 (under 14 years of age))
    • Junior Category:16 May 2005 and 15 May 2010 (14-18 years of age))
  • The residents or nationals of all Commonwealth counties and territories can apply.
  • Residents of Ireland, Hong Kong, and Zimbabwe can apply.
  • In the case of participants from non-commonwealth countries, their entries must be submitted through their Local Royal Commonwealth Society Branch.

Requirements of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024:

  • The entries must be submitted in the English language. essays from any other language will not be accepted.
  • The maximum word count for Senior Category is 1500 words and for Junior Category the maximum word limit is 750 words. Exceeding the words will result in disqualification.
  • The word limit applies to every format of writing e.g. essay, poem, letter, etc.
  • Reference and footnotes are excluded from the word count.
  • The uploaded essay of entrants should not include the personal details of the participants. Personal details will be given exclusively during the application process.
  • The topics must be selected according to the topics given in the Senior and Junior categories.
  • No plagiarism will be entertained and plagiarised entries will automatically be rejected.

Topics of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024:

Following are the topics of the essay writing competition 2023.

For Senior Category:

  1. “It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”– Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. What small steps can you take to help tackle the climate crisis?   
  2. Write a speech highlighting what you think is the most challenging issue facing the world today, and how Commonwealth values can be used to solve it.      
  3. At the heart of the Samoan way of life is ‘aiga’, meaning ‘family’ values including selflessness, hospitality, co-operation, respect and dignity. What core values and ideas from your culture can be used to enhance co-operation and community in the Commonwealth?  
  4. The Commonwealth’s London Declaration aimed to strive for peace, liberty and progress. Write a letter to your President or Prime Minister about how to achieve those aims. 

For Junior Category

  1. What new habit could you adopt to positively contribute towards a greener Commonwealth?   
  2. Write a dialogue between yourself and a grandparent about resilience and hope. What can you share with the older generation, and what can you learn from them?  
  3. You are taking part in a beach clean-up and discover that you can speak to sea creatures. What are they saying, and how do you respond?
  4. You’re on a school exchange in a Commonwealth country different from your own. How do you make friends with people your age? (Consider similarities and differences in culture that may unite you).

Submission Process for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition:

Once the entry is submitted, the entrants have to submit the following details to

  • Full name and complete identification number
  • School name.
  • If the submission is not a group submission, then give the details of submitting an adult. Complete details of the curricular stage of the entrant.

Closing date of the essay competition 2024:

  • The closing date for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is 15 May 2024.

Good luck to all the entrants as they have only one chance to submit their essay per entry. So, before submitting their entries all the participants of this international Commonwealth writing contest are advised to recheck their writing to avoid any mistakes.

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