The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 is now open for entries until 30 June 2023
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Commonwealth Heads of Government declared 2023 a year dedicated to youth-led action for sustainable and inclusive development and called on a renewal and strengthening of our commitment to youth engagement and empowerment.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 asks entrants to explore the power young people hold within the global community and consider how this power can be harnessed to make a meaningful impact in the world.
Organizer: UK Government
Eligible Country: Commonwealth Countries
Application Closing Date: 30 June 2023
SENIOR CATEGORY ((born between 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2009) 14-18 years of age)
As Head of the Commonwealth His Majesty The King is opening an international conference on the importance of young people in decision making. Write his speech.
Does age matter?
The 2023 Year of Youth was a moment of significant social change – what was its impact on the world?
Script a dialogue between two people, with contrasting viewpoints, on an issue that divides generations.
JUNIOR CATEGORY ((born on or after 1 July 2009) under 14 years of age)
In fiction and throughout history, young people have performed numerous acts of heroism. Choose your favourite young hero and write to them about why you admire them.
What is your youthful superpower, and how can it make a positive difference to the world?
You have been stranded on a planet where everyone is 18 or under. Journal your experience.
Why does your voice matter?
- The top two winners from each category will be awarded with a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony at a royal palace.
- All successful entries will receive a Certificate of Participation and a number of entrants will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for excellence in writing.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must read the full details about the program before proceeding to the application page. Click here to check the official announcement page for more details about the application process.