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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 2021. In this Commonwealth Essay 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.

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The international Commonwealth essay writing competition has started back in 1883. Every essay contest is based on a theme which is followed by the students of all the 52 Commonwealth countries. Generally, the theme of the essay depicts the core values of democracy and equality. The theme for Queen’s essay writing competition 2021 is “Community in the Commonwealth”. As the world has got severely affected by the pandemic, the theme revolves around the Commonwealth community during the global spread of the COVID-19.

The participants for this international writing contest 2021 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, the 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 own winner and a runner-up. The topics of the Commonwealth Essay Competition are illustrated in the following paragraphs in detail.

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The international essay writing contest 2021, 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 give them the opportunity 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 the certificate of participation.

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: Born between 1st July 2002 and 30 June 2007 (14-18 years)
    • Junior Category: Born after 1st July 2007 (Under 14 years of age)
  • The residents or nationals of all Commonwealth counties can apply.
  • Residents of 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 2021:

  • The entries must be submitted in the English language. the 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 accordingly 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 Writing Competition 2021:

Following are the topics of the essay writing competition 2021.

For Senior Category:

  1. Discuss the following ” the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King.
  2. Keeping connected through COVID-19.
  3. It’s been 30 years since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, what does the world look like?
  4. Imagine you are the head of a Commonwealth nation heavily affected by COVID-19 and giving a national address at the end of the pandemic what would you say to your community?

For Junior Category

  1. The year is 2050 and you’ve been asked to write about the coronavirus pandemic for a museum, what story would you tell?
  2. Tell a story of how you, or someone you know, helped others during the pandemic.
  3. “We will be with your friends again. we will be with our families again. we will meet again” – HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Submission Process:

Once the entry is submitted, the entrants have to submit the following details on [email protected]

  • 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 a curricular stage of the entrant.

Closing date of the essay competition 2021:

  • For online entries: before 23:59 BST on 30th June 2021.
  • For offline entries: entries must arrive at the Royal Commonwealth Society office in London by 30th June 2021.

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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