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.


2020, a bumper year for the awards for young writers and artists

It was fabulous to meet so many of the winners and runners up, for the 2020 Awards for Young Writers and Artists, at the prize giving on Saturday 3rd October. Thanks go to Mandi and Andy Dellow, of the wonderful Fowey River Gallery, for hosting the event. Thanks also go to all the families who travelled the length and breadth of Cornwall to join us, for our COVID safe presentation of certificates and prizes. It was a pleasure to meet you all

We received almost a thousand entries; 461 poems, 108 short stories and 383 pieces of artwork. Each entry was scrutinised by judges who were selected for their expertise and enthusiasm. A great deal of time and discussion was taken to finalise the shortlist winners and runners up, in the three age groups for each of the three categories. 

Each prizewinner and their family were invited to a private meeting on Saturday where trustees and organisers could talk with the children and students about their entries, as well as present them with framed pictures, book vouchers, a certificate and a letter from the Chair of Fowey Festival, Lynn Goold.

There were further awards for Young Artist of the Year, Young Writer of the Year and the school demonstrating an Outstanding Commitment to Art. Young Artist of the Year went to Maisie from Fowey River Academy, for her stunning view of the harbour mouth in Fowey. Young Writer of the Year went to Finn, from Tregony for his dramatic story, The Wreckers.

Through generous sponsorship, we were able to award our prizewinners with vouchers to the value of £700, and present them with their professionally framed pictures. Our sincere thanks go to Atishoo Gallery; The Arts Society Bodmin; Fowey River Gallery; Great Art and Waterstones.

The Awards for Young Writers and Artists are an important and established component of the Festival. It won’t be long before the team meet to determine the theme and launch date for the 2021 competition! Keep an eye on the Festival website and our social media channels for details.


2020 school award

In 2020, for the first time, we awarded the school that demonstrated an Outstanding Commitment to Art. Congratulations go to the winner, Pondhu School, whose pupils showed an extremely wide variety of imaginative interpretations of the 2020 theme – The Spirit of Cornwall.


With heartfelt thanks