The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognise achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.

Theme of the 2021 Round

‘Community in the Commonwealth’: With the global spread of COVID-19, we’ve seen the lives of many Commonwealth citizens affected. However through adversity, societies came together and stories of growth, community and hope continue to emerge.


One winner and runner-up will be chosen from each category (Senior and Junior). 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.

Deadline for submissions

Entries can be submitted from 1 May 2021 until 30 June 2021.

Submit your essay by clicking here.

Download the Flyer of the 2021 Round.

Read the press release or watch the video of the announcement.

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