Awards for young writers & artists

Writers and artists in schools

We are currently working on children’s events for the 2022 programme. Details to follow in due course.

Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2021 competition – Results

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. 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, or picture and enter our competition to become the Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year 2021. The challenge was to produce an original picture, poem or short story on the theme of Stepping Through a Door. It could be just an ordinary door or one that leads to the future, the past or an imaginary world where anything can happen. 

This year we received a magnificent 373 entries from children and young people across Cornwall. Festival 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 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! The results were shared with the children and young people before they broke up for the school summer holidays. 

We are thankful to sponsors Waterstones who supplied the winning prizes for literature, The Arts Society Bodmin, Fowey River Gallery and Atishoo Gallery for providing the prizes, display space and framing of artwork. Our thanks also go to the Fowey Hall Hotel for hosting this years awards presentation.

On the 25th September we are hosting a presentation for the winners and runners up and showcasing their work at the wonderful Fowey Hall Hotel. At this celebratory event we will also be awarding the prestigious 2021 Young Writer of the Year, and Young Artist of the Year, to the entry judged as best overall story or poem, and piece of artwork.

Well done to all schools and families who took part! Look out for details of the 2022 competition on the Fowey Festival website at the end of this year! 

If you have any questions relating to the awards, please email

Winning Stories, Poems and Artwork

Please click on the following to see the wonderful winning entries:




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: Waterstones, the Atishoo Gallery in Charlestown, the Fowey River Gallery, The Arts Society, Bodmin, and The Fowey Hall Hotel.
  • To all our judging panels for their time and expertise.