Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 (Win a fully-funded trip to London)

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 (Win a fully-funded trip to London)

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 is now accepting entries. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which began in 1883, is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools. It is a vital way to recognize achievement, elevate youth voices, and develop key skills via creative writing, with thousands of young people participating each year.

Her Majesty The Queen will commemorate 70 years as Head of the Commonwealth in 2022, during her Platinum Jubilee year. The Queen’s seven decades of devotion to the Commonwealth are an encouraging example of the unwavering commitment and significant contribution we can all make to our respective societies. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 will invite entrants to consider the beneficial impact that commitment and selflessness can have commitment to our Commonwealth.


Senior Category

  • Imagine you are a Head of Government delivering a speech to your counterparts at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda. Write a speech that highlights what you believe should be a priority for collective action within the Commonwealth.
  • Committed to the Commonwealth.
  • Her Majesty The Queen was born in the twentieth century, a period that saw enormous social change driven by visionary and committed leaders. Reflect on an inspirational leader from this period.
  • “Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services in their communities.” – Her Majesty The Queen, Commonwealth Day Message 2021.  Imagine you are working on the frontline. Write about your experience, explaining why you serve your community and why your service matters.

Junior Category

  • Imagine you are a grandparent in 2022. Tell your grandchildren a bedtime story about an inspirational person.
  • What are the best ways for young people to serve the Commonwealth in your view?
  • Our Commonwealth community.
  • Write a job description for a superhero needed to solve a problem in your community.

Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022

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  • 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.


  • Applicants to the Senior Category should be born between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2008 (14-18 years of age);
  • The maximum word count for the Senior Category is 1,500 words.
  • Applicants to the Junior Category should be born on or after July 1, 2008 (under 14 years of age).
  • The word count for the Junior Category is 750 words.


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