Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020

Deadline: June 30, 2020 Institution(s): Queen’s Commonwealth
Level of Study: Competition Study in: UK

Scholarship Description

Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 invites applications from all over the world. The Queen’s Commonwealth will cover all the expenses of the students who participate in the essay competition.

The 2020 Competition was launched in Christchurch, New Zealand by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on the theme of ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth’, drawing 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. Each year, young writers who take part show their ability to stimulate and provoke discussions about important issues such as peace-building, sustainable development, gender inequality and universal education.

Past winners have gone on to be leaders in their fields, including the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong; and renowned author, Elspeth Huxley CBE.

The QCEC is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard – all whilst developing key skills. For 2020, we want to hear from more young people across the Commonwealth, all stories and voices are important.



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.


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.

Scholarship Coverage/Prize

Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • 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.
  • Prizes have traditionally been awarded only to the first prize winners in the Senior and Junior categories and also vary year by year. This means they are not able to confirm what the prizes will be until after the winners are announced in August 2019. Past prizes have included:
    • Resources for winner’s school
    • Certificates
    • Visits to Cambridge University
    • A trip to London and a week of activities
    • Having your entry featured in worldwide media
    • Work experience at international organisations, and
    • RCS regional and branch offices often hold ceremonies or offer prizes. Please contact your nearest RCS branch after the competition closes on June 30, 2020, to inquire about any activities planned.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020, following is the criteria:

  • Required Language: English.
  • Eligible Countries: Commonwealth Countries
  • The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth Countries

How to Apply for Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020?

Please visit the official website, link given at the end. However here are the important application instructions to participate in Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition:

  • Online Submission:
    • The Royal Commonwealth Society is building a new online platform that will be much easier to use and accessible on all devices, but it’s not quite ready yet.
    • They are encouraging young people to begin writing their pieces and will open the new platform for submissions in early 2019.
    • Please note: They do not accept essays sent by email.
  • Offline Submissio(Post): (Check the How to Enter section in the official website for more details)
    • Offline submissions are very difficult to process and can mean that your entry arrives after the Competition closing date. They 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 (Can be found in the official website) 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 June 30, 2020 in order to be eligible. They, therefore, suggest that you send your essay with plenty of time for delivery, as essays received by a postal hub after June 30 will not be considered in the competition.
    • Check the official website for posting address.

To know more about Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020, please visit official website:

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