2014 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Are you a writer? Interested in the world around you? Want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. It provides a platform for young people to compete with their peers in a truly global environment.

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!

Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. Now run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, the competition remains an important means of expression for young people across the Commonwealth.


Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under. Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14–18 years) and must be living in, or be a national of, a Commonwealth country/territory.

Entrants are encouraged to be creative in their response. Answers can be submitted in a number of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay – the choice is yours!

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