The Royal Commonwealth Society has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth, promoting literacy and expression by celebrating excellence and imagination.
The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition,run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, gives young people from diverse backgrounds a platform to express their views about the world and their dreams for the future.
This year's theme, 'An Inclusive Commonwealth', asks young people to reflect on what it means to live in a diverse but tolerant, equitable and fair society. The topics for both the Junior and Senior categories allow for the exploration of this theme in a number of ways, including: the significance of community; the importance of diversity and difference; the question of belonging; the values of tolerance, respect and understanding; and the sense of shared responsibility that exists within the Commonwealth today.
The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, The Gambia, Ireland and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the competition. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online. The deadline for entries is 1st May 2016. The flyer can be downloaded for display in classrooms, to share with friends, colleagues and interested parties, and for reference to the topics.