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, with timing of events dependent on the current restrictions.

Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2021 competition

The 2021 Competition Is Now Closed

The theme this year was Stepping Through a Door and we invited children and young people to create their own original story, poem, or picture and enter this years’ competition to become the Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year, 2021. The standard was extremely high this year and our judges now have the difficult job of reviewing all entries and selecting the winners for each category.

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’. The 2021 challenge was to produce an original picture, poem, or short story on the theme of Stepping Through a Door.  

The competition was open to all children and young people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly aged 4 to 16 years on 31st August 2021.  

Pictures, poems, and stories were entered independently or by schools where children and young people were working at home or in school.

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

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

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