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The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2016

Deadline: 01-May-2016

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
c/o The British High Commission
185 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Email: competitions@thercs.org

Description

The overarching theme for 2016 is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, which is also the 2016 Commonwealth Year theme, and a topical theme for today’s youth. Both Senior and Junior topics give young people the opportunity to think about aspects of the theme such as: the significance of community; the importance of diversity and difference; the question of belonging; the values of tolerance, respect and understanding; and the sense of shared responsibility that exists within the Commonwealth today. The topics are a chance to develop critical thinking and to express views in a creative manner.

Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged under 18, our essay competition offers young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to make their voices heard on a global platform, to engage with issues important to them and to express their aspirations for the future. Each year, participants demonstrate their ability to stimulate and provoke discussions about important Commonwealth and global issues from a young person’s perspective and to showcase their critical and creative skills.

Eligibility

Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged under 18

How to apply?

Entries should be submitted online for the 2016 competition. However, offline submissions will be accepted where secure internet connection is an issue.

Submitting your entry online

Please read the Terms and Conditions before submitting your essay as you will not be able to edit your submission once it has been uploaded. It is also a good idea to consult our Frequently Asked Questions .

Submit your entry online.

Important information for teachers. During the registration process, you will need to enter as "A teacher, on behalf of pupils". You will then have the option to add additional pupils (as many as necessary). Please be sure to enter all the mandatory information for each student. You'll be given an individual reference number for each student which is needed to download the student’s certificate. Please be sure to keep these reference numbers safe so you can download the certificates for your students, or pass appropriate reference numbers on to each individual so they can download their own certificates when the results are announced in August 2016.

Submitting your entry by post

If you are submitting your entry by post, please complete an entry form in block capitals and attach it to the front of your essay. Entries should be sent to your nearest postal hub:

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Terms and Conditions

Entries will be disqualified if they fail to meet any of the following requirements:

    1. The competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories. Note: Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Ireland, The Gambia and Zimbabwe, who are entitled to enter the competition.
    2. Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2016. Senior entrants must be born between 2nd May 1997 and 1st May 2002 (14-18) and Junior entrants must be born after 1st May 2002 (under 14 years of age).
    3. 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.
    4. Entries must be written in English.
    5. 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.)
    6. Plagiarism: Every year a number of students are disqualified because they are suspected of plagiarism. Plagiarism is the 'use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author without authorisation and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author' (dictionary.com). If using existing writing material, do cite appropriately. 
    7. The final copy submitted for the competition must be the entrant's own work, and cannot be excessively corrected or improved by another person. This does not rule out input or assistance from others. However, an entry will be disregarded if there is any suggestion of excessive external help.
    8. A new element of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition this year is the addition of a small number of Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) local branch competitions. This means that your name, email, school and essay may be sent to your local RCS branch. See Clause 4.1.6 of the Privacy Policy for more information. 
    9. Essays can only be uploaded in either word document or .pdf format.
    10. All entries must be submitted before midnight (GMT) on 1st May 2016. 
    11. All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have for the pieces they submit, but by entering The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, each contestant consents to the use of his/her name, and/or pieces or parts thereof in any advertisements, educational materials, corpus research or media and publicity carried out or produced by the Royal Commonwealth Society and its local branches without further notice or compensation. The Royal Commonwealth Society can publish or decline to publish; use or decline to use, any submitted pieces at the Royal Commonwealth Society’s sole discretion.
    12. The RCS suggests that entrants retain a copy of their original work as regretfully we are not able to return or provide copies of submissions.
    13. Please note: winners and runners-up of the pan-Commonwealth competition will have their full names, schools, essays and photographs displayed on the RCS website and social media channels.

Important Reminder

All certificates are generated online and the RCS does not send any certificates in the post. You will be given a reference number when you submit your essay. It is very important that you keep this number is a safe place as you will need it to download any certificates you are awarded. Teachers, please remember to retain the reference numbers for each of your students. 

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