A Commonwealth for Peace' student essay competition
The 2016 competition had approximately 13,500 entries from nearly every Commonwealth country.
The 2017 competition explores A Commonwealth for Peace, asking young writers to consider the meaning of peace and the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy and human rights. Peace is a key part of the foundation of the Commonwealth, built into the network's guiding Charter. Indeed, the Commonwealth Charter declares that 'international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all'. Peace is also an important but challenging issue for today's youth and society.
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press, this highly prestigious competition aims to test young people's thinking and the means by which they express their views, using creative forms of writing such as essays, poems, stories, letters or scripts. Judges described entries to the 2016 competition as 'imaginative', 'inspirational', 'ambitious' and 'profound'. A similarly high calibre of writing is expected in 2017.
The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and is open until 1 May 2017. A Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a weeklong series of educational and cultural events.