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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition deadline is June 1st, 2018


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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition deadline is June 1st 2018, which is only a few days away!

Riding on the heels of the just concluded Courts Regional Reading Competition, in which Pearl Cornibert of the Eucharist Lewis SDA Primary School, emerged the 2018 winner, Royal Commonwealth Society Network member Michelle N. Samuel urges the Principal of the school and other schools on the island, to encourage their students to enter the essay competition.

The competition is currently accepting essays, stories, scripts and poems on the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’. The competition is open to students across the Commonwealth ages 18 years and under.

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, established in 1883.

With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way for the young voice of the Commonwealth to be developed and heard.

Through the sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, the 2018 theme asks young writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens, particularly young people.


– Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of age)
– The road to a safer future.
– How does education contribute to a fairer future?
– ‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
– Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss.


– Born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age)
– What does a safer future mean to you and your community?
– Write a recipe for a common future: what ingredients will you need? What is the best method for making it? What will it look like?
‘- A Day in the Life’. Imagine you are your country’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people?
– Our Common Earth.


• All nationals and residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories aged 18 and under are eligible to enter the competition, including entrants from The Gambia, The Maldives and Zimbabwe.
• Residents of non-Commonwealth countries whose entries are submitted through their local RCS branch are also eligible.
• All entries must be in English.
• Entrants are asked to present their work in the format that best conveys their message, be that an essay, poem, story, folk tale, script, letter, diary entry, monologue or other written style. Photos and drawings are encouraged, particularly in the Junior Category.
Please go to for more details.

Important note: If your child’s school is not participating in the competition, parents and legal guardians can assist their children in entering the competition as individuals if they wish to.

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