The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition invites you to envision a common future and win a chance to attend Winners’ Week in London.

William Arthur Ward said “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

I would like to extend this thought to the following: if you can imagine it, then write it down so everyone can become part of your dream and share it.

Writing has powers beyond borders. It is said that “writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols.” We need writing to express our intentions, hopes, and emotions. It is also a tool to allow us to reach beyond our immediate communities, speak to the global audience.

In the modern time, writing has become an essential part of daily life as technology has connected individuals from across the globe through systems such as e-mail and social media. Literacy has grown in importance as a factor for success in the modern world.

Writing is more relevant as a skill than ever before. Through writing, we can communicate globally and reach out other people, societies, and cultures, and hopefully avoid misunderstandings.

With words, we can share our dreams for something better for all of us.

Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition: Towards a Common Future

Now, there is an opportunity for young people to write their dreams and hopes down by participating in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

This year’s theme ‘Towards a Common Future’ and its topics ask young writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity, and fairness.

How do you see it, what do you hope for, what do you see the potential obstacles and how we should overcome them. Your imagination is the only limit here.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. 

Every year, it offers youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past, through the written word.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners’ Week in London. 

Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

Senior Category: Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of age)
Junior Category: Born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age)

The deadline for the essays is on June 1st, 2018.

Claned is proud to support this important youth writing competition.

Let’s write.
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Competition instructions can be found here.
Global entries
Nordic-Baltic entries

Berit Virtanen-Thewlis

Berit Virtanen-Thewlis is Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at Claned Group. She believes in the power of lifelong-learning and its impact in bringing lasting fulfillment in life. She says “As long as I breathe, I want to learn.” She loves to write poetry and short stories would have loved to participate in the essay competition if there was a suitable age category available.

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