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ENTER NOW! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is A Commonwealth for Peace.

Building upon the 2016 theme of An Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. We are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.




Born after 1st May 2003 (under 14 years)


Born between 2nd May 1998 and 1st May 2003 (14-18 years)

  1. What is in your Toolbox for Peace?
  2. My peaceful place.
  3. How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
  4. ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?
  1. Peace.
  2. Should you fight for peace?
  3. Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to your country and/or the Commonwealth.
  4. What is the cost of peace?



• All citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under are eligible to enter the competition. Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Ireland, The Gambia and Zimbabwe, who are also eligible.

• All entries must be in English.

• Entrants are asked to present their work in the format that best conveys their message, be that an essay, poem, story, folk tale, script, reportage, monologue or other written style. Photos and drawings are encouraged, particularly in the Junior Category.

• Full terms and conditions are available at



One Winner and Runner-up will be chosen from each category. Winners and Runners-up will be flown to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony.

A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be given in both the Senior and Junior categories, rewarding excellence in writing. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and 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 win a trip to London for a week-long series of educational and cultural events.


How To Enter

Submitting your entry online

Please read the Terms and Conditions before submitting your essay as you will not be able to edit your submission once it has been uploaded. It is also a good idea to consult our Frequently Asked Questions.

NOTE: submissions to the online platform can only be completed via a computer and not on a mobile device (tablet, smart phone, etc.).

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 pass appropriate reference numbers on to each individual so they can download their own certificates when the results are announced in August 2017.

Submitting your entry by post

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 will be released in due course. We recommend that you send your entry to your nearest postal hub by 1 April 2017 in order to ensure it is safely received.


The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Award House, 7-11 St Matthew Street


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

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


For more information about the competition, download the flyer and please visit Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

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