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RCS 2023 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition for Students Worldwide

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition. 2023 marks 140 years since it was established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognise achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Commonwealth Heads of Government declared 2023 a year dedicated to youth-led action for sustainable and inclusive development and called on the renewal and strengthening of our commitment to youth engagement and empowerment.

Of the Commonwealth’s population of almost 2.5 billion people, 60% are under the age of 30. This young demographic represents a dynamic ‘youth force for change’, made up of exceptional young people who are increasingly involved in advocacy, decision-making, and action.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 asks entrants to explore the power young people hold within the global community and consider how this power can be harnessed to make a meaningful impact in the world.


RCS Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Application DeadlineJune 30, 2023
Funding TypeFully Funded
TypeCollege School
SponsorRoyal Commonwealth Society (RCS)
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of RCS Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

  • The top prize winners from each category will be awarded with a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony at the royal palace.
  • All successful entries will receive a Certificate of Participation and a number of entrants will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for excellence in writing.

Requirements for RCS Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Senior Category ((born between 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2009) 14-18 years of age) 

  • As Head of the Commonwealth His Majesty The King is opening an international conference on the importance of young people in decision making. Write his speech. 
  • Does age matter? 
  • The 2023 Year of Youth was a moment of significant social change – what was its impact on the world? 
  • Script a dialogue between two people, with contrasting viewpoints, on an issue that divides generations. 

Junior Category ((born on or after 1 July 2009) under 14 years of age)

  • In fiction and throughout history, young people have performed numerous acts of heroism. Choose your favourite young hero and write to them about why you admire them.
  • What is your youthful superpower, and how can it make a positive difference to the world?
  • You have been stranded on a planet where everyone is 18 or under. Journal your experience.
  • Why does your voice matter?

Application Deadline

June 30, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) on form.jotform.com to apply

For more details,visit RCS website


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