Competition for Young Writers and Artists

Competition for Young Writers and Artists 2024

The aim of the Competition 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, story or report on the theme of ‘Beaches’.

The competition is open to all children living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly aged 4 to 16 on 31st August 2024. Thanks to generous sponsorship, entry is free and prizes are awarded in each category and age group. Additionally, a Young Writer and a Young Artist of the Year will be selected.

The challenge is to produce an original picture, poem, short story or, piece of factual writing. Please read the rules for greater detail. Responses can focus on any aspect of the theme Beaches!  If the writing or artwork has a beach focus, the entry will be eligible! We want the theme to work for you, and therefore for you to have scope to write about or draw a real or imaginary beach, or about beaches in general, perhaps an exciting story, a reflective poem, a serious report, a beach scene or something found on a beach. Let your imagination flow!

All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, either an Independent Entry Form or a School Group Entry Form.

Any queries should be directed to

Key dates are:

  • Competition opens on 15th January 2024
  • Closing date 6th March 2024
  • Results announced to winners and runners-up 28th March 2024
  • Full results published here in April
  • Celebration event for the winners and runners-up in each category 20th April 2024

Rules and competition entry forms

Please read through the competition rules carefully. To enter, download either the Individual Entry Form or the Schools Entry Form:


Independent Entry Form

School Group Entry Form

With heartfelt thanks