West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging budding young writers from across the constituency to get involved in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (CQEC).
The QCEC is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools and has been delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society (Society) since 1883. It seeks to foster an empathetic and open-minded world view in the next generation of Commonwealth leaders and offers thousands of young people, from a wide range of backgrounds, the opportunity to make their voices heard on a global platform.
Each year, young people write on a theme that explores the Commonwealth’s values and principles. This year, on the occasion of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, young Commonwealth writers are asked to reflect on inspirational leadership and to explore the positive impact that can be achieved through commitment to their communities within the theme ‘Our Commonwealth’.
West Lancashire MP said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in West Lancashire to consider writing a short piece possibly for the first time, and unleashing that creativity inside them.
“For many, essay-writing isn’t an obvious form of art to consider trying, so I hope that schools and parents can really push our young people to give it a go and see what can be produced.
“While winning isn’t the key thing here, winners will be awarded with a trip to London to take part in a week of educational and cultural events, and a special awards ceremony at a royal palace!
“So whether handwriting or typing, let’s see what the young people of West Lancashire can write for us, it may just be the first step on a journey to a love of writing.”
Past winners have gone on to become prominent leaders, including the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the renowned author, Elspeth Huxley.
You can find out more about the competition here https://www.royalcwsociety.org/enter-the-qcec-2022