Each year, The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition receives thousands of entries from across the Commonwealth and relies on a team of volunteers to read and judge them.
One of the greatest strengths of this Competition is that each young person’s writing is individually read and appreciated by an adult somewhere in the Commonwealth, who might otherwise never hear their experience.

Judges come from a wide variety of backgrounds and offer a diverse range of skills and experience. All judges share the Society’s commitment to nurturing the creative talents of young people and wish to actively participate in increasing youth dialogue in the Commonwealth. They may also have a particular interest in the theme, the English language, creative writing or youth work. The Royal Commonwealth Society is grateful for the time, dedication and expertise of these judges, without whom it would not be possible to run such a successful and unique competition.

In return for their time, judges have the satisfaction of making a vital contribution to an important pan-Commonwealth youth programme. This is an opportunity to read written pieces from students from across the Commonwealth and gain unrivalled experience and skills. In addition to this, all judges receive a personalised certificate of recognition of their participation, subscription to the e-newsletter, and invitations to select RCS events.

The QCEC is not an exam with entrants expected to meet a number of specific requirements; rather, it is an  opportunity for creativity and high quality discursive writing.

Recruitment for judges has now closed. This year, we received several hundred applications from all across the Commonwealth of a very high standard and we are truly encouraged at the number of people offering their time and expertise to support the Competition. Thank you to everyone who applied!