Fully funded 2017 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition plus a trip to London

essayDeadline: Submit applications on or before April 1, 2017

The Royal Commonwealth Society has announced that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is “A Commonwealth for Peace“.

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


Junior Category:

  • What is in your Toolbox for Peace?
  • My peaceful place.
  • How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
  • ‘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?

Senior Category:

  • Peace.
  • Should you fight for peace?
  • 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.
  • What is the cost of peace?


Note that 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.


  • A Winner and Runner-up will be chosen from each category. All Winners and Runners-up will be flown to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony.
  • 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. 
  • Submit your entry online.
  • Endeavor to read thoroughly the Terms and Conditions before submitting your essay as you will not be able to edit your submission once it has been uploaded. You should also consult the Frequently Asked Questions

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