Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 For Young Writers | Apply Now

Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 For Young Writers | Apply Now

Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 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.

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.


  • Hosts: Royal Commonwealth Society | Lagos State Government
  • Eligible Countries: All Commonwealth Nations
  • Reward: Trip to London | Awards


Of the Commonwealth’s population of almost 2.5 billion people, 60% are under the age of 30. This young demographic represents a dynamic ‘youth force for change’, made up of exceptional young people who are  participants in advocacy, decision-making and action.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 is now open for entries until 30 June 2023. Please use the widget below or this link to submit your entries.


SENIOR CATEGORY ((born between 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2009) 14-18 years of age)

  1. 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.

  2. Does age matter?

  3. The 2023 Year of Youth was a moment of significant social change – what was its impact on the world?

  4. 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)

  1. In fiction and throughout history, young people have performed numerous acts of heroism. Choose your favorite young hero and write to them about why you admire them.

  2. What is your youthful superpower, and how can it make a positive difference to the world?

  3. You have been stranded on a planet where everyone is 18 or under. Journal your experience.

  4. Why does your voice matter?

Duration and Reward

  • Top Prize

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.




The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is supported by the Lagos State Government.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition. 2023 marks 140 years since its establishment in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognize achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.

Method of Application

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is open for entries between 16 March and 30 June 2023.

For more information on how to enter the competition please visit, www.royalcwsociety.org Follow @RoyalCWSociety on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for writing tips! Email competitions@ royalsociety.org with any questions.



Application Deadline

Applicants are to completely submit applications before the Deadline: June 30, 2023

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