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The 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition for Young People

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The 2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition is now opene to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under. The Essay Competition offers young people the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform and engage with issues important to them.

This year’s theme is ‘Team Commonwealth’. As athletes gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display both within and between nations. Young writers are encouraged to explore this theme in fun, academic, witty and most of all creative ways!


Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under


Prizes have traditionally been awarded only to the first prize winners in the Senior and Junior categories and also vary year by year. This means we are not able to confirm what the prizes will be until after the winners are announced in September 2014. Past prizes have included certificates, resources for winner’s school, visits to Cambridge University, a trip to London and a week of activities, work experience at international organisations, and having your entry featured in worldwide media. RCS regional and branch offices often hold ceremonies or offer prizes. Please check with your regional office after the competition closes on 1 May 2014 to inquire about any activities planned.


The maximum word counts are 1500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.

To Learn more, visit the Commonwealth Essay Competition Website

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