The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is A Commonwealth for Peace.

Building upon the 2016 theme of An Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. Organizers are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.

Topics:

Junior Category:

  • What is in your Toolbox for Peace?
  • My peaceful place.
  • How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
  • ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?

Senior Category:

  • Peace.
  • Should you fight for peace?
  • Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to your country and/or the Commonwealth.
  • What is the cost of peace?

Eligibility:

  • The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and is open from 21 September until 1 May 2017.

Benefits:

  • One Winner and Runner-up will be chosen from each category. Winners and Runners-up will be flown 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 entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation. For more information about the competition, download the flyer and please visit Terms and Conditionsand Frequently Asked Questions.

Application Process:

Deadline: April 1, 2017

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