The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 invites young people to explore their
power in the global community, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth
Youth Programme. Win a trip to London and recognition for your writing skills.
Celebrating 50 Years of the Commonwealth Youth
2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Youth Programme,
and Commonwealth Heads of Government have declared this year dedicated
to youth?led action for sustainable and inclusive development. With 60% of
the Commonwealth’s 2.5 billion people under 30, the young demographic
represents a dynamic force for change, consisting of exceptional individuals
advocating, influencing decisions, and driving action
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023
This year’s competition asks entrants to explore the power young people hold
within the global community and how their potential can be harnessed to
make a meaningful impact on the world.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Prizes and
The top two winners from each category will receive 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 several entrants will be awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards for excellence in writing
Categories and Topics for The Queen’s Commonwealth
Senior Category (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 (Under 14 Years of Age)
1. In fiction and throughout history, young people have performed numerous
acts of heroism. Choose your favourite 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
4. Why does your voice matter?
How to Enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is open for entries between
16 March and 30 June 2023. To enter the competition, visit