Commonwealth Essay Competition – Write Around the World


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PRIZE:
CLASS A (Born 1989-1991)

1st – £600

2nd – £300 (Stephen Kemp Memorial)

3rd – £100 (British Council Association Prize)

4th – £100 (Maragaret Best Endowment)

CLASS B (Born 1992-1993)

1st – £350 (Ms Pat Kelsey)

2nd – £150 (Sheila Ramsay Lochhead Memorial)

3rd – £100 (Cambridge University Commonwealth Society)

4th – £100

CLASS C (Born 1994-1995)

1st – £250

2nd – £150

3rd – £100

4th – £100

CLASS D (Born 1996 or later)

1st – £150

2nd – £120

3rd – £100

4th – £100

Commonwealth Question Prize

There is a £150 prize for the winning entry in each of the four Classes.

The Commonwealth Question is open to all candidates and entries will be judged according to the relevant criteria used in the four different Classes.

If you choose to answer the Commonwealth Question, please DO NOT submit another essay and keep to your Class word count.

Special Prize

In each class there is a special prize available for a disabled entrant (Sir Alwyn Ezra Endowment). The value of the prize is equivalent to that of the 4th prize in each of the respective Classes.

DEADLINE: 1 MARCH 2008
WEBSITE/URL: http://www.rcsint.org/essay

DESCRIPTION:
The Competition has four different age bands, ‘Classes’. Each Class offers five topics, plus the Commonwealth Question. As we hope to reach a diverse student body across the Commonwealth, there are options for both academic and creative minds.

The Competition deadline is 1st March 2008

CLASS A – Born 1989-1991

1500-2000 words

All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.

Tell us about your favourite book OR your favourite place and what it means to you.

Why decorate?

Is the world becoming tribal or global?

EITHER Let me tell you a story. This is how it all began … OR Fifty years from now.

Refugees.

The Commonwealth Question (see details below).

CLASS B – Born 1992-1993

1200-1500 words

All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.

“You have to have a dream or you go nowhere.” (Kofi Annan)

An inter-galactic market research company is canvassing opinions on whether Planet Earth is suitable material for “first contact”. What do you think?

What advice would you give to a family living with teenagers?

EITHER This is where I live OR These are the things which make me who I am.

Blue.

The Commonwealth Question (see details below).

CLASS C – Born 1994-1995

500-700 words

Write a story or an account starting “Now, when I was your age …”

Write a review of a favourite book, film, exhibition or piece of drama. Make sure you discuss why you liked it and why you think other people would too.

What single change would most improve life in your community? Explain why.

Write a story which includes a song and a secret.

Imagine what it would be like to live for a whole day relying primarily on just ONE of your five senses.

The Commonwealth Question (see details below).

CLASS D – Born 1996 or later

300-600 words

Write a story or a poem entitled EITHER “The Storm” OR “The Ring”.

If you were given three special powers, what would they be and how would you use them?

Strange happenings at the market.

My best friend.

You wake up one morning as the family pet. Describe your day.

The Commonwealth Question (see details below).

Commonwealth Question

The Commonwealth Question is open to all candidates and entries will be judged according to the relevant criteria used in the four Classes (A to D).

If you choose to answer the Commonwealth Question please DO NOT submit another essay and keep to your Class word count.

There is a £150 prize for a winning entry on the Commonwealth Question in each of the four Classes. This prize is in addition to the main prizes offered in each Class. Any entrant selecting the Commonwealth Question as their topic will also have their essay considered for a main prize.

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2008 is “The Environment: Our Future”. Discuss the likely impact of climate change on life as you know it. What is to be done?


3 Comments
  1. keshya weerakkody 12 years ago

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Atleast may i have my marks which i scored. i am keshya weerakkody from srilanka and i was in class c and my school is American International School, Dehiwela Srilanka.

    God Bless Everyone,
    Keshya.

  2. Ryann Sim Wei Jia 12 years ago

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    My name was listed in the commended award for year 2008 (Malaysia). Please inform whether will there be any certificate awarded and if yes, I have not received it and the school is coming to end of term and I will be going to a different school. Please advise.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Ryann Sim

  3. Rabia Masud 12 years ago

    Respected Sir,

    My name is Rabia Masud and i wrote an essay to the common wealth society and as on the net it was graded highly recommended.I was
    in class C.I am from RCI,Rawalpindi,Pakistan.Ihave not yet received the prize.

    Thank you.

    Rabia Masud

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