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Commonwealth Essay Competition 2013


commonwealthEvery year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, it is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Elspeth Huxley.

The Competition celebrates and nurtures the creative talents of young people across the Commonwealth, providing a platform for students to compete with their peers in each of the 54 nations which make up this unique association. Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

The competition is free to enter and in 2012 over 1,000 young writers, from 245 schools, in 38 countries across the Commonwealth received an award for their entry.

Are you a writer? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. We encourage you to be creative in your response to our topics. You can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play. The choice is yours. Just get writing!

Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

Essay Topic

Junior Category (Born after 1st May 1999)

  1. When has hard work paid off for you?
  2. Creative thinking saved the day.
  3. Tell us about a moment of opportunity which changed the life of your family, community, country, continent or the entire planet.
  4. Is change a good thing?
  5. Opportunities galore!

Senior Category (Born between 2nd May 1994 and 1st May 1999)

  1. A  funding agency has asked you to make a pitch for an idea involving schools that would benefit your community.
  2. “I knew this was my moment.”
  3. Discuss one or more examples of social and/or environmental development where enterprise plays, or could play, a  key role in changing the way people live.
  4. “How enterprising!” a voice said as I closed the door behind me.
  5. Are we too risk-conscious these days?

Submission: Entrants will be able to submit their essays online from the end of January 2013.

Closing date: 1st May 2013

Announcement of results:  autumn of next year, when a Junior and Senior Prize Winner and Runner Up will be announced and our judges will make a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. We very much hope your school will feature!

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February 13, 2013 |

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