Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 for School Students: Submit by May 30, 2020: Expired

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The Royal Commonwealth Society announced that The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 is launched in Christchurch, New Zealand by the Society’s Vice-Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on the theme ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth’.

Building upon the 2019 theme of A Connected Commonwealth, this year’s topics draw on the increasing youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis. Young people are called upon to consider their position and power in bringing about change, and how the Commonwealth can be used as a tool for positive action. Our Final Panel of expert judges described entries to the competition in 2019 as ‘massively memorable’, ‘original’ and ‘very powerful’. We expect a similarly high calibre of writing for 2020.

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For 2020, we want to hear from all young people, regardless of age, education or region.  All stories are important and all voices matter.

  • Senior Category: Born between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2006 (14-18 years of age)
  • Junior Category: Born on or after 1 July 2006 (under 14 years of age)
Topics of Competition
  • Senior Category:
    • Imagine you are President of one of the Commonwealth’s 31 Small States and you have been invited to give a speech on Climate Change to other Commonwealth leaders, what will you say
    • There is no Planet B: How will Climate Change affect you and your community?
    • ‘We will never stop fighting for this planet’ – Greta Thunberg. How can young people make change happen?
    • The destruction of the Oceans everyone’s concern.
  • Junior Category:
    • Imagine you are Planet Earth, what would you say to Humans?
    • A Blue Commonwealth: it is not too late to save our oceans. True or False?
    • In 2019, students in more than 100 countries walked out of school to protest climate change. How can young people get their voices heard and make a difference?
    • My planet, my place.
Winning Categories
Junior Awards Categories (Under 14s)Senior Awards Categories (Ages 14–18)  
Junior Prize WinnerSenior Prize Winner
Junior Runner UpSenior Runner Up
Gold AwardsGold Awards
Silver AwardsSilver Awards
Bronze AwardsBronze Awards
How to Submit?
  • Offline submissions are very difficult to process and can mean that your entry arrives after the Competition closing date. We will only accept an offline entry where the person submitting has no access to internet and is unable to submit online.
  • The online platform for submission is available here.
  • The essay must be received by 30 May 2020 in order to be eligible.

Email: competitions[at]thercs.org

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