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Saturday, 15 February 2020

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

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

HRH and students v2Building 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. Final Panel of expert judges described entries to the competition in 2019 as ‘massively memorable’, ‘original’ and ‘very powerful’. RCS expect a similarly high calibre of writing for 2020.

Born between 1 July 2001 and 30 June 2006 (14-18 years of age)

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.

Born on or after 1 July 2006 (under 14 years of age)

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.
The QCEC is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and is open until 30 June 2020. 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 of educational and cultural events.

Please visit to submit your entry.
Entries can also be send by post. Please note that for postal entries, your essay must be received by 30 May 2020 in order to be eligible

The maximum word counts are 1,500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification. References and foot notes are not included in the word count.
Entries must be written in English.
Only one entry per participant is allowed

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