Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Competition 2010 Mustang

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If you answered 'yes' to all of the above, then you are ready to enter The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Submit your entry online

Important information for teachers: During the registration process, you will need to enter as 'A teacher, on behalf of pupils'. You will then have the option to add additional pupils (as many as necessary). Please be sure to enter all the mandatory information for each student. You'll be given an individual reference number for each student which is needed to download the student’s certificate. Please be sure to keep these reference numbers safe so you can download the certificates for your students, or you can pass on appropriate reference numbers to each individual so they can download their own certificates when the results are announced in August 2018.
Enter online.

Submit your entry by post

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. 

If you are submitting your entry by post, please complete an entry form in block capitals and attach it to the front of your essay. Entries should be sent to your nearest postal hub, details of which are listed below.

Please note that for postal entries, your essay must be received by 1 May 2018 in order to be eligible. We therefore suggest that you send your essay with plenty of time for delivery, as essays received by a postal hub after 1 May will not be considered in the competition. 

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Commonwealth House
55-58 Pall Mall

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
British High Commission
Julius Nyerere Links
PO Box 296

Americas and the Caribbean 
The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society 
P.O. Box 878

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
Education Department
British Council
30 Napier Road
Singapore 258509

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
PO Box 10-741
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please ensure your envelope is clearly labelled with The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition in bold

All individuals and schools are encouraged to enter online if possible.

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 CLANED. 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.

Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Commonwealth for Peace', this year’s theme 'Towards a Common Future' and its topicsask young writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Download the 2018 Flyer

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 until 1 June 2018. 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


1. Download and complete in block capitals an Entry Form

2. Scan and send completed form along with your work to by 1 June 2018

If you require any help, please contact

inaugural nordic-baltic judging panel

  • Minna Ekblom, Leadership coach 
  • Harri Jaskari MP, Member of Finnish Parliament
  • Siri Kolu, Finnish Children’s Author 
  • Kaj Kunnas, Finnish sports journalist
  • Elina Lepomäki MP, Member of Finnish Parliament 
  • Aku Louhimies, Finnish film director
  • Arto Nyberg, Finnish TV-journalist 
  • HE Blanche Olbery, Ambassador of Malaysia to Finland
  • Nasima Razmyar, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki
  • Markus Selin, Finnish Film Producer
  • Iiro Seppänen, Finnish film maker
  • HE Carmen Smidt, Ambassador of South Africa to Finland
  • Francis Uy, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada in Finland


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.

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