The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past, through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens.
All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners' Week in London. Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.
Towards a Common Future
Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Commonwealth for Peace', this year’s theme 'Towards a Common Future' and its topicsask young writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
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Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of age)
- The road to a safer future.
- How does education contribute to a fairer future?
- ‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
- Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss.
Born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age)
- What does a 'safer future' mean to you and your community?
- Write a recipe for a common future: what ingredients will you need? What is the best method for making it? What will it look like?
- ‘A Day in the Life’. Imagine you are your country’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people?
- Our Common Earth.
Judges described entries to the competition in 2017 as ‘emotive’ ‘hauntingly assuring’ ’striking’ and as having ‘powerful narratives’, that ‘this letter should be read by everyone’. We expect a similiarly high calibre of writing for 2018.
The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under until 1 June 2018. All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week-long series of educational and cultural events. For more information about the competition, please visit Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.
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History of the Essay Competition
The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. Run by the RCS since 1883, this international schools’ writing contest – the world's oldest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project.
In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
CCS Launches Essay Competition on Disruptive Innovation
11 January 2016
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1. The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) and the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) today announced the launch of the 2nd CCS-ESS Essay Competition. The theme for this year’s competition is “Disruptive Innovation and Competition Policy: Friend or Foe”.
2. Disruptive innovations occur when a competitor creates a radical change in an existing industry, by launching a new product or service, often with some distinctly novel features or an entirely different business model. While the internet is often cited as an example of disruptive innovation, disruptive innovation can occur in any industry, for example in the emergence of the so-called “sharing economy” as exemplified by Air BnB. Disruptive innovations bring about many new market opportunities through their offerings, but by their very nature, they can also change the competition dynamics dramatically in product, service and labour markets. This brings along unique challenges to policy makers, regulators, firms and workers as to how to cope with these changes.
3. The competition invites contestants to examine the extent to which competition policy in Singapore and disruptive innovations complement or displace each other. Ideas on how competition policy can harness the benefits of these disruptive innovations should be discussed, alongside challenges that such innovations might bring and how they can be addressed.
4. The essay competition is open to all Singaporean/Singapore PRs in the following two categories:
– Pre-university category: students from Polytechnics, Centralised Institutes, International Schools and Junior Colleges, as well as full time servicemen (NSFs)
– Open category: university students from local or foreign universities, working professionals in industry, government and academia based in Singapore or abroad
5. The following awards will be given to the winning essays of each category (“Pre-University” and “Open”):
1st prize – $5,000
2nd prize – $3,000
3rd prize – $2,000
Merit- $300 x 3
The terms and conditions as well as entry forms for the CCS-ESS Essay Competition are available on the website (http://www.ccs.gov.sg). The closing date for the submission of entries is 11 May 2016.
About The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS)
CCS is a statutory board established under the Competition Act (Chapter 50B) on 1 January 2005 to administer and enforce the Act. It comes under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The Act empowers CCS to investigate alleged anti-competitive activities, determine if such activities infringe the Act and impose suitable remedies, directions and financial penalties. For more information, please visit www.ccs.gov.sg.
About Economic Society of Singapore
The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) is a non-profit organisation of economists and other professionals interested in economics. ESS brings together members of the economics profession in academia, the government and business sectors and provides a platform for discussions on issues facing the Singapore economy and the region. The primary objective of the Society is to raise public awareness, and stimulate public interest and debate, in economic issues. It does this by organizing conferences, talks, workshops and public lectures and by conducting studies on issues, either on its own or in partnership with other organizations.
For more information, please visit www.ess.org.sg
For media clarifications, please contact:
Ms. Loy Pwee Inn
Senior Assistant Director
Competition Commission of Singapore
DID: 6325 8313
Ms. Grace Suen
Competition Commission of Singapore
DID: 6325 8216 / 9835 8601
Singapore, 12 January 2016… The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) today launched the 14th MAS-ESS Essay Competition. The theme for this year’s competition is “TheRoad to Singapore’s Future Economy”.
2 Writers should define their vision for Singapore’s future economy, and chart the path or strategies to achieve their vision. Their essays should provide an in-depth analysis on the challenges facing Singapore as Singapore aims to stay globally relevant and economically competitive.
3 The essay competition is open to all pre-university students studying in Singapore regardless of nationality, as well as all pre-university Singaporean students studying abroad. The competition invites submissions from Polytechnics, Centralised Institutes, International Schools, and Junior Colleges as well as from pre-university full-time national servicemen. The following prizes will be awarded for the three best essays:
4 The terms and conditions as well as entry forms for the MAS-ESS Economic Essay Competition are available on the ESS website (http://www.ess.org.sg). The closing date for the submission of entries is 12 May 2016.