Awards for young writers & artists

Writers and artists in schools

We are currently working on children’s events for the 2021 programme. Details to follow in due course, with timing of events dependent on the current restrictions.


Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2021 competition

Entry deadline Friday June 18th, 2021

The theme this year is Stepping Through a Door and we are inviting children and young people to create their own original story, poem, or picture and enter our competition to become the Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year, 2021.

In Jamaica Inn Daphne Du Maurier wrote ‘The old life lay behind- the dear familiar farm and the shining Helford waters. Before her lay the future’. 2021 challenge is to produce an original picture, poem or short story on the theme of Stepping Through a Door.  It can be just an ordinary door or one that leads to the future, the past or an imaginary world where anything can happen.

The competition is open to all children and young people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly aged 4 to 16 years on 31st August 2021. Please note that this year stories can be up to 500 words. 

Pictures, poems and stories can be entered independently or by schools where children and young people are working at home or in school. It must be a student or child’s own work, whether it’s a step into a different world, a different time …… Whatever you want to say, we’d love to hear from you!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is no entry fee.

Key dates:

Launch date – Monday 11th January, 2021

Final entry date – Friday 18th June, 2021

Shortlist published here week beginning 12th July, 2021

Awards presentation event – September, 2021

The Awards for Young Writers and Artists are an important and established component of the Festival.

Good luck from all the Festival team!

If you have any questions relating to the awards, please email angela@foweyfestival.com

Competition Information for schools

Now pupils in your school can create and submit their own story, poem, or picture and enter our competition to become Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year 2021.  Entries can be from individual children and young people working at home due to school closure or working in school.

The competition dates have been extended to give greater flexibility to teachers in these uncertain times. The competition can be introduced to children and young people at any time between now and June. This competition is open to all children living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly aged 4-16 years on the 31st August 2021.  Thanks to generous sponsorship, entry is free!

In Jamaica Inn Daphne Du Maurier wrote ‘The old life lay behind- the dear familiar farm and the shining Helford waters. Before her lay the future’. Our challenge to you for 2021 is to send us a short story of up to 500 words, poem of up to 20 lines or picture that captures the theme of Stepping Through a Door.

If you are reading this as a teacher we do hope that your school will take part again or, indeed, for the first time.  You are welcome to use this competition in any way you wish – in whole class work in school or through a home learning programme, as an activity for groups of children in school during closure, as an enrichment activity for the more able and/or disadvantaged children, or as an individual activity at home. 

Good luck from all the Festival team!

If you have any questions relating to the awards, please email angela@foweyfestival.com


With heartfelt thanks

  • To Helen Williams, for providing us with the wonderful and inspirational drawing ‘The Door‘. Each year, Helen takes part in the Festival Art Trail, where her wonderful work can be viewed.
  • To all schools, teachers, and families for their continuing support
  • To the generosity of our sponsors: the Atishoo Gallery in Charlestown, the Fowey River Gallery, The Arts Society, Bodmin, and Waterstones
  • To all our judging panels for their time and expertise