2023 Competition for young writers and artists



Lemon Sails can be viewed at Fowey River Gallery

 Lemon Sails is a collaborative piece created in one day by the prize winners (age 5-16) of the Fowey Festival Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2023, under the guidance of artist Sean Hewitt.

The work is acrylic paint on canvas and measures 102cm wide x 81cm high.

You can bid for this wonderful piece of artwork by posting a bid, in the collection box at

Fowey River Gallery, 38 Fore Street, Fowey PL23 1AQ. Alternatively, email your bid and contact details to info@foweyfestival.com quoting “Lemon Sails”

This Auction is held by The Du Maurier Festival Society and funds raised will be put to furthering the aims of Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. Our grateful thanks to Sean Hewitt and all those prize winners who collaborated on this work.

Bidding closes at 5pm, Saturday 20th May 2023

Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2023

The aim of the Awards for Young Writers and Artists is to encourage young people to engage in visual arts and creative writing, to celebrate their creativity and originality. This year, each young artist and writer is invited to create a work of art or write a poem, short story or report on the theme of ‘Celebrations!’.

‘Celebrations!’ by Helen Williams

 Fowey Festival Awards for Young Writers and Artists is an established annual competition for all children and young people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly age 4-16. Details are sent to all schools and can be found on the Fowey Festival website as well as being publicised through local news publications. This year we invited children and young people to create their own original story, poem, piece of factual writing or picture and enter our competition to become the Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year 2023. The challenge was to produce an original picture, poem, short story or factual piece of writing on the theme of Celebrations!

We were delighted that local writers Emily Barr and Craig Barr Green agreed to make a short video to inspire children and young people to write high quality stories, poems and reports. 

 This year we received a magnificent 386 entries from children and young people across Cornwall. 

Trustees are grateful to the group of local artists, poets, writers and teachers who have judged each entry with care and consideration. There was a tremendous range of stories, poems, factual writing and artwork demonstrating the wonderful and vivid imaginations of our children and young people. As you can imagine it took a great deal of discussion before the judges were able to agree on our prize winners! 

We are thankful to sponsors Waterstones, The Arts Society Bodmin, Fowey River Gallery and Atishoo Gallery for providing the prizes, display space and framing of artwork. We are also grateful to Fowey Hall Hotel for hosting the award ceremony. 

The Fowey Festival Children’s Programme team are delighted to announce the results which have been shared with the children and young people. 

On Sat April 29th there will be a presentation event, when we celebrate the work of our wonderful budding artists, poets and writers. At this celebratory event we will also be awarding the prestigious Young Writer of the Year 2023 and Young Artist of the Year 2023. The Artist of the Year 2023 has been chosen by the general public by dropping into Fowey River Gallery during the school Easter Holidays and voting when the finalists work was on display. 

Final 2023 competition results

Please download the following document to see the final results:


With heartfelt thanks