The Queen's Commonwealth
Essay Competition

the world's oldest schools’ international writing programme

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world's oldest schools’ international writing programme, run by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, the competition receives entries from thousands of young people across the Commonwealth, in which they express their thoughts on the past, opinions of the present and hopes for the future. The competition is a highly regarded and popular international education project, run in partnership with Cambridge University Press. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and writers Elspeth Huxley and Mei Fong. For 2017, the competition will explore A Commonwealth for Peace.

The Royal Commonwealth Society has recently opened the competition to young people in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden who enter the competition through the RCS Nordic-Baltic Hub. 

The competition is open from 21 September until 1 May 2017. All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners' Week in October/November, a week-long series of educational and cultural events.

More details, including topics, terms and conditions, and frequently asked questions can be found on the competition website

A briefing note for schools and other educational establishments are available here

HOW TO ENTER from the nordic-baltic region

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is now closed for entries, with our team of pan-Commonwealth judges working hard to read and assess every single entry. Results will be announced in August 2017, but in the meantime there are lots of ways you can keep in touch with the competition.

Follow us on Social Media

The competition is on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, all @CWEssayComp. 

History of the Essay Competition

The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society.