The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 is now live!
This week, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Vice-Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society launched The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021. In a pre-recorded video message The Duchess announced the theme of this year’s Competition, ‘Community in the Commonwealth’ with the winners and the runners-up of the 2020 Competition. Watch the launch video:
Speaking to the 2021 theme, the winners and runners-up of the 2020 Competition (Aditya Choudhury from Singapore, Ananya Mukerji from India, Cassandra Nguyen from Canada and Eleni Bazikamwe from Ghana) asked young writers across the Commonwealth to reflect on their experiences, to consider the strength their communities have shown in the face of recent challenges and to tell us where they hope the world might go next.
2021 Theme – 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.
SENIOR CATEGORY (born between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 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
- 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?
- Nationals and residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories aged 18 and under are eligible to enter the competition, including entrants from Zimbabwe.
- All entries must be written in English
- Entries are accepted from residents of non-Commonwealth countries who submit through their local RCS branch.
- Entrants can be presented in any form/method of creative writing. Pictures/Illustrations are particularly encouraged in the Junior Category.
Entries for the 2021 Competition can be submitted between 1 May 2021 and 30 June 2021. Details of how to submit your entry will be posted on this page in due course. Entries will be accepted from 1 May to 30 June 2021.