Win a Trip to London in the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition Aspiring Young Writers 2021 for (writers under 18)

Are you a young writer or aspiring young writer? Then you should apply for the  Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021. 

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021


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  • One winner and runner-up will be chosen from each category.
  • Winners and runners-up will be brought 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 successful entries will receive a Certificate of Participation


The opportunity is open to :

  • Nationals and residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories aged 18 and under are eligible to enter the competition, including entrants from Zimbabwe.

Entries are accepted from residents of non Commonwealth countries who submit through their local RCS branch.


  • All entries must be written in English.
  • Entrants can be presented in any form/method of creative writing. Pictures/Illustrations are particularly encouraged in the Junior Category.
  • Participants are expected to show originality and flair, linked to sound academic standards and competent use of English as a written language.

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Application Instructions

Click here to enter the competition

At the end of the online submission process, you will receive a notice that your entry has been successfully submitted. This notice will contain a unique identification number, which will also be emailed to your nominated email address. 

If you are encountering difficulties, please email for assistance. For more information, click here.

About the Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Queen's Commonwealth Essay

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, established in 1883. Each year, aspiring young writers are asked to submit their pieces in response to a theme.

For 2021 the Competition theme is “Community in the Commonwealth”. 

Senior Category {Born between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2007 (14-18 years of age)}

  • Discuss the following: ‘The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” -Coretta Scott King 2. Keeping connected through COVID-19. It’s been 30 years since the end of the COVID 19 pandemic, what does the world look like
  • Imagine you are the Head of a Commonwealth nation heavily affected by COVID 19 and giving a national address at the end of the pandemic. What would you say to your community?

Junior Category {Born on or after 1 July 2007 (under 14 years of age)}

  • The year is 2050 and you’ ve been asked to write about the coronavirus pandemic for a museum. What story would you tell?
  • Tell a story of how you, or someone you know, helped others during the pandemic.
  • We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again’ HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • After the pandemic, you are seeing a friend for the first time. What new hobbies would you share with them?
  • What did you miss most during the pandemic?

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application deadline is  June 30, 2021

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