The Queen's Commonwealth
Essay Competition


The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners' Week. Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

A Commonwealth for Peace

The 2017 competition theme was A Commonwealth for Peace, with topics that challenged young writers to consider peace at every level: from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth. Thousands of young people took part, writing stories, poems, essays, scripts and cartoons about this important and contemporary topic. The competition was run in partnership with Cambridge University Press.

2017 results

Congratulations to Annika Turon-Semmens, Ariadna Sullivan, Hiya Chowdhury, and Ry Galloway, the Winners and Runners-up of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 (pictured l-r).

Find out more about Annika, Ariadna, Hiya and Ry and read their entries on the 2017 Results page