The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
Age limit: 18 years and under
You can only participate if you have a citizenship in one of the Commonwealth countries (which does not include Thailand, but the countries below):
" Antigua and Barbuda
" The Gambia
" New Zealand
" Papua New Guinea
" Republic of Cyprus
" Sierra Leone
" Solomon Islands
" South Africa
" Sri Lanka
" St Christopher and Nevis
" St Lucia
" St Vincent and the Grenadines
" The Bahamas
" Trinidad and Tobago
" United Kingdom
" United Republic of Tanzania
Although, many of you may not be applicable, this competition has been listed because it is such a great opportunity for those who may be able to apply, as it is the world's oldest international schools' writing competition and is very highly regarded by educational institutions around the world.
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.
Born between 1 July 2001 and 30 June 2006 (14-18 years of age)
1. 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 leaders. what will you say?
2. There is no Planet B: How will climate change affect you and your community?
3. 'We will never stop fighting for this planet' - Greta Thunberg. How can young people make change happen?
4. The destruction of the oceans is everyone's concern.
Born on or after 1 July 2006 (under 14 years of age)
1. Imagine you are Planet Earth, what would you say to humans?
2. A Blue Commonwealth: it is not too late to save our oceans. True or false?
3. 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?
4. My planet, my place.
The Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events.
There is no submission fee.