Application Deadline: 1st May 2015
The Royal Commonwealth Society is inviting young people to share their hopes and concerns for the future, thereby generating an important youth perspective and Commonwealth wide dialogue as the international community gathers to set development goals for the next 15 years. The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online.
Answers can be submitted in number of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay. Multiple submissions are not allowed and will lead to disqualification.
Born after 1st May 2001 (under 14 years)
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
- Imagine what the world will be like when you are an old person.
- I am the future!
- Imagine you are a young person living in a different part of the Commonwealth. What is life like for you?
Born between 2nd May 1996 and 1st May 2001 (14-18 years)
- What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
- In 2030 you will no longer be young. What changes would you like to see in the world in 15 years’ time?
- Youth versus experience.
- Fresh perspectives. What can a young Commonwealth offer?
- The Competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories. Note: Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Fiji and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the Competition.
- Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2015. Please see flyer for age guidelines.
- Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check and improve you writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.)
- Entries must be written in English.
- 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.
- Winners will be flown to London for a week of cultural and educational visits, culminating in a special award event in November 2015.
- Runners-up will be recognized in national award events.
- All four top entries will be published by the RCS.
- A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be made in both the Junior and Senior categories, and participants who do not receive an award will be entitled to a certificate of participation.
The 2015 entries has to be submitted online at their official website or in cases where secure internet is an issue can be send by post to: FAO Commonwealth Essay Competition
THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY
7-11 St Matthew Street
The results will be announced early September 2015.
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