Young Writers and Artists Awards 2019 – The Results

Last night I dreamt…

A Bumper Year for the 2019 Awards for Young Writers and Artists

An amazing 602 entries have been received this year, all from young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (compared with 523 last year from all over the world): 259poems, 153 stories and 190 pictures. We are thrilled at how many of you have taken part!

Thank you to all young writers and artists who have created such a wonderful collection of poems, short stories and art this year. The winning entries and those commended by the judges will be displayed in the Fowey Parish Church and Fowey River Gallery during the Festival from 11th to 18th May and details posted on this web site for everyone to enjoy. 

Awards and Prize Presentation – all welcome! Please come and enjoy this free event. 

This will take place in the Fowey Parish Church at 11am on Saturday 11th May, at which the writers and artists will read out their poems and stories and show off their pictures. 

Prior to the Presentation, readers will take part in a ‘Voice Warm-up’ with Gerry McNulty. Gerry regularly works with people who are preparing to speak to an audience.  This enjoyable, active 45-minute session with her is intended to help relax the voice and build confidence before the event begins.

First and Second Prizes will be given for each age category: Infants, Juniors and Secondary, for Stories, Poems and Art. In addition, the prize-winning pictures in each age category will be framed for the artists to keep after they are exhibited in the Fowey River Gallery during Festival Week.

The ‘Writer of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ 2019 will be announced at the Awards Presentation.

This year has been a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly special.

Entries came from many local schools: Fowey, Lostwithiel, Pondhu St Austell, Charlestown, Treverbyn Stenalees, Foxhole, Trenance Newquay and Wadebridge Primary Schools, Roselyon Preparatory School, Fowey River, Penrice and Mounts Bay Secondary Academies and Richard Lander School Truro. 

We also received individual entries from all over Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Thank you to the Judges who have scrutinised all the entries, taking account of entrants’ ages and any additional needs and help given. They have judged them for their ideas and creativity and selected the winners and runners up in each category, awarding commendations too.

  • Art including The Young Artist of the Year Award was judged by: Debbie Martin, Sue Strachan & Gordon Hunt, Artists and Kevin Marchant Fowey River Gallery Owner.
  • Stories were judged by Ros Eaton, Marian McNeir and Chris Williams. 
  • Poems were judged by Sally Crabtree and Lesley McCartney.
  • The Young Writer of the Year Award was judged by Marj James, Poet.

Thank you to our Sponsors: The Arts Society Bodmin and Waterstones for the prizes and to Atishoo Gallery, Charlestown for framing the winning pictures. Thank you to Lynn Goold and Penny Jones for helping me to coordinate and administer the competition.
Janet Anderson.

The winning and second place poems and stories have been typed up for ease of reading. Leaving the original spelling and punctuation. The winning and second place pictures have been photographed. See them all below.

Judges Selection from the 259 poems, 153 stories and 190 pictures entered.


Poems

Infants 4-7 years: 119 poems

Place: 1st
Name and School: Herbie, Trenance Learning Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr2/6yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of firey Lions

Last night I dreamt of firey Lions
They iorned their hot fur
With boiling hot irons
And they loudly purred
They have big jaws
And big big paws
And they have males
And they have tials

Judge’s Comment: I just loved this poem – its originality, imagery and sense of fun. Some lines you always remember and “They iorned their hot fur” will be one of those!


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Rex Morse-Giles, Roselyon School
Yr Gp/age: Yr1
First Line: Last night I dreamt of space

Last night I dreamt of space and the stars were sparkly,
I could see the bright sun.
I could hear the whooshing!
I could smell fire coming from the rocket fuel.
I could taste happiness.
If this was real I would be even happier

Judge’s Comment: This poem managed to be metaphysical – despite the poet being so young! The opening line hinted at the poem’s vastness of scope and sparkling potential and we were not disappointed – especially with lines such as “I could taste happiness.” So could we!


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Beth Hamten, St Austell
Yr Gp/age: Rec/5 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of a Giraffe in a bath


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Ella Avila, Trenance Learning Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr2/7 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of going to the beach



Juniors 8-11 years: 126 poems

Place: 1st
Name and School: Daisy Pascoe, Wadebridge Primary Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr3/7 Yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of the first unicorn’s diamond tear

Last night I dreamt of …
The first unicorn’s diamond tear,
A snowflake fairy dancing away,
The first feather from a white swan,

My dreams were created with
a mermaid’s shimmering scales
Daisyness dream time!
A golden beam of starlight
A horse’s shadow pouncing out of the
Pages of a book.

I will catch my dreams
With a glittering net
And keep them safe
In a special jar.

Judge’s Comment: It was the last verse that struck me in this poem – the sudden shift in form and gentle yet strong conviction, making me know that this young poet will catch her dreams wherever she goes.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Isabelle Miller, Fowey Primary School
Yr Gp/age: Yr5/9 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt there were unicorns in my room

Last night I dreamt,
There were unicorns in my room,
Glitter all over the place,
On the stairs
Oh, and the chairs.

The castle in the corner
The rainbow that is mine,
It’s time, it’s time,
To travel away.

Over the hills,
The flowers and all,
The unicorn with bright pink wings
The fairy that sings and sings
As I run to the door, a fairy,
Then more and more,
“Wow” I said,
Then I see the glitter fading away.

I dance all day and in the night,
Until it tires me out.
Then one day it all goes black.

Judge’s Comment: The surprise in this poem was last line. “Then one day it all goes black” took us somewhere else and left us there with a sense of mystery.


Place: Joint 2nd
Name and School: Skye Tregidgo, Treverbyn Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr6
First Line: There was a cold breeze in the air

There was a cold breeze in the air,
The howling wind blew in my hair,
I picked lots of flowers,
For hours and hours.

I got in a boat,
And when it started to float,
I sailed into the ocean,
Away from all the commotion.

I saw an island, just ahead,
With a person on the sea bed,
She said “look into the beautiful sea,
And find your idiosyncrasy.”

Judge’s Comment: What a wonderful way to end a poem!  look into the beautiful sea, And find your idiosyncrasy.” It gave the poem a feeling of depth, inspiring the reader to have the courage to look for idiosyncrasy within themselves also.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Finley Sharratt, Fowey Primary School
Yr Gp/age: Yr5/10 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt a dream that was great – all about cake


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Kobi-Kai Bland, Wadebridge Primary Academy

Yr Gp/age: Yr3/7 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of the tooth of a diamond dragon


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Hayden Faircloth, Lostwithiel Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr6/11 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt my house was made from the richest chocolate tiles ever made


Place: Commended
Name and School: Samuel Jones, Fowey Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr4/9 yrs
First Line: Dreaming can be amazing and very engaging but some of them are bad


Place: Commended
Name and School: Henry Van den Broek, Fowey Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr5/10 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks


Secondary 12-16 years: 14 poems

Place: 1st
Name and School: Erin Williams, Mounts Bay Academy

Yr Gp/age: Yr7
First Line: A single Carmine Poppy

Last night I dreamt …of war
Blood seeps
Howls echo
Torture carries on
Stop.
A year
The grass grows back
Where the blood lay a single carmine poppy sprouts
As vermillion as the fresh deer blood round wolves jaws
As scarlet as a fireball plummeting towards earth
The poppy lives on
A signal of a new life
Where each dying soldier lay
A poppy sprouts
A life is remembered
Each corpse has its remembrance
Laying where the dead was
A single carmine poppy.

Judges’ Comment: The Judges were impressed by the poem’s form, economy of words evoking powerful images and colour. The manipulation of punctuation is used to great effect.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Anna Browning, Richard Lander School

Yr Gp/age: Yr10/14 yrs
First Line: Last night the light goes off, soft footsteps fade.

The light goes off, soft footsteps fade,
My eyes, they close from light.
Silence holds me, its soft voice crooning,
I’m comforted by night.

Stars’ sweet lullabies, they steal my soul,
Fragments of imagination play.
I’m transported to a back alley,
I walk out to meet day.

Vivid colours scar my vision,
As noise defeats my thought.
Children yell, tradesmen sell
Whatever can be bought.

Footsteps pound behind me,
I turn to see them there.
Fear grips my limbs, I’m running but
Through water not through air.

I strain to see their face, identity
Yet hollow eyes stare back.
My body falls from their tenacious grasp,
I tumble back down to black.

Judges’ Comment: An engaging thread of suspense builds through this poem, using contrasting sounds in both imagery and language.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Poppy Luxton, Devoran, Truro
Yr Gp/age: Yr8/12 yrs
First Line: The Washing up monster


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Ruby Drake, Richard Lander School
Yr Gp/age: Yr10/15 yrs
First Line: Last year I dreamt of success


Stories 153

Infants 4-7 years: 25 stories

Place: 1st
Name and School: Abduljabar Pondhu Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr1
First Line: Last night I dreamt about a vampire chasing us

Last night I dreamt about a vampire chasing us and my friend nearly got eaten by a spider. Then ite fel of the roof! Then wen i woke up i thought it was real. Luckuly it wasn’t real.

Judges’ Comment: We liked the exciting pace of this story and the fact that your friend nearly got eaten by a spider but survived. A good ending too.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Antoni, Pondhu Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr1
First Line: Last night I dreamt a ghost was catching me

Last night I dreamt a goast was caching me in a hantie house. I cicd the goast but now there are 10. Goastoos I ran and ran from them I found the key I opend the doore. I got outside then I was surrounded from the goastoos then I was ded for ether.

Judges’ Comment: We liked the escalating events, just one ghost then ten! Sad to be dead at the end though.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Oskar, Pondhu Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr1
First Line: Last night I dreamt about that I was half boy half robo.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Alexandra, Pondhu Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr1
First Line: Last night I dreamt Ons was a princess who lived in a robot with a horse.


Juniors 8-11 years: 66 stories

Place: 1st
Name and School: Polly O’Shea, Lamorna, Penzance

Yr Gp/age: Yr6/11 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt I could walk again. No. I could run.

Last night I dreamt I could walk again. No. I could run. I felt the cool rush of the wind whisk back my hair whilst I surged along the beach. The sand felt soft as I allowed my toes to sink out of view, down, beneath the surface. I ran for miles, for what seemed like forever, until my legs burned with pain, with tiredness, so much so I thought they might just collapse if I ran any further. As I sank to the floor in an exhausted heap, I looked around me, to what beauty lay there, unnoticed: from the crashing roar of the waves to the way every grain of sand sparkles in the sunlight. Every feature unique. Once the pain of exhaustion subsided, I gently jogged down to the loping waves that began to climb up my ankles. The sheer shock of the cold stung my feet as the feeling in my legs slowly faded away. My eyelids shot open: same old hospital bed, same old ward. My mind sprinted into the past and I remembered the car crash. The one that made me only able to run free in my mind – I was now paralysed, FOREVER!

Judges’ Comment: This was a very well -constructed short story with a moving context. There were strong visual images and an excellent variety of figurative language. The ending was unexpected – as in the best short stories – and very moving. Excellent.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Louis Hagger, Looe

Yr Gp/age: Yr5/10 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of a litter free sea.

Last night I dreamt of a litter free sea. It all began yesterday … Hissy is my pet rubber snake, and he, my mum and I went to Looe beach to do a beach clean with a group of volunteers. The tideline was completely choked up with plastics including bottles, fishing lines and massive fishing nets. The worst thing of all was a dead baby dolphin tangled in a fishing net with lots of cuts.

That night I went to bed feeling broken, but then I had a wondrous dream! I was strolling along Looe pier with Hissy slithering beside me, next to me there was a shimmering sea devoid of plastics. Hissy said, “Sssuperb ssea I’m off to the SSSnack bar ssee you at dinner time” and slid away. There was a pod of dolphins chitter-chattering and gossiping about who will win the most graceful creature contest. The light house was preparing for the beach theatre.

I went home and woke up when Hissy crawwled into my bed, I felt happy and sad because it wasn’t real. (After that dream i decided to abolish litter. The end)!

Judges’ Comment: We liked the fact that you are tackling an important environmental issue with knowledge and passion. We liked Hissy’s speech – very snake-like, and also your use of interesting vocabulary, e.g. “the dolphins chitter-chattering”. Keep on fighting pollution!


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Eileen Clark, Foxhole Learning Academy

Yr Gp/age: Yr4
First Line: Last night I dreamt I was on a mountain.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Erin Violet Jennings-Frisby, Roselyon School

Yr Gp/age: Yr3/8 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt that I had 2 pet dinosaurs called Dan and Rosie.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Charlotte Humm, Fowey

Yr Gp/age: Yr5
First Line: The moon was a smile in the jet black sky and the stars were twinkling above.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Gregory Walker, Charlestown Primary School
Yr Gp/age: Yr6
First Line: Last night I dreamt I was in a forlorn, unkempt house surrounded by pines constantly biting at my elbows.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Katie Monk, Foxhole Learning Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr3
First Line: Last night I dreamt I was on a mountain.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Amelia May Carter McGregor, Roselyon School
Yr Gp/age: Yr4/8 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt that I had a family of unicorns.


Secondary 12-16 years: 62 stories

Place: 1st
Name and School: Sophie Williams, Duporth, St Austell
Yr Gp/age: Yr8/13 yrs
First Line: Last night I dreamt of her again.

Last night I dreamt of her again. Her crimson hair twisted in the wind like the dying embers of a fire. It looked misplaced against her canvas white face. Her once blue eyes had turned grey like a winter day held hostage by eternal rain. Her chapped lips were sealed together with crystallised blood and her cheeks were creased with permanent lines where her tears had frequently flowed.

This is not the first time she has visited me.

I open my eyes in the dark with only the moon’s discarded beams to light the room. I lift my head from the pillow and there she is, sitting in front of me. A single tear runs down her cheek, I lean forwards to wipe it away but only find my fingers pressing against a thin sheet of glass. I watch the condensation form around the tip of each finger, its ghastly cold sends a sheer and bitter pain rippling through my arm. I pull my hand back and she does to.

And there we sit, in front of each other, reunited once again. Me and the lonely girl in the mirror.

A true reflection of me.

Judges’ Comment: Great opening, excellent imaginative detail – this is a story with a good structure and a twist at the end. We loved the ‘condensation around the tip of each finger’.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Molly Rogers, Mounts Bay Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr8
First Line: Last night I dreamt I went away.

Last night I dreamt, I went away.
All I could see was the sea and the umbrella which was beneath me, keeping me afloat like a ship. Waves came up like the devils hands. Dark and cold, the sky opened up like the heavens above me, welcoming me home, from a lifetime away. It was so bright like a light being put up in front of you, I was blinded, all I could see was white. I thought I was going to die, the sea came up over the umbrella. The water was ice cold, but yet the light gave me that warm feeling inside. That’s when the magic happened…

From being in an umbrella to being at home…
My childhood home!
I am with my family, except dad who has gone away again. Mum slaving away, and getting ready to go out and feed the animals, my brother and sister just in from climbing hedges. The fire lit, roaring away, oh the warmth!
I am blinded once more, the waves like devils hands have gone, I feel wrapped in warmth and memories, peaceful, home!

Last night I dreamt I went away. I went home, or was it heaven?

Judges’ Comment: A first-rate piece – a dark wild world brilliantly evoked and a fine contrast in the second half. The description of the farm is lively and really comes to life.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Ellen Simmons, Fowey River Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr9
First Line: Last night I dreamt of my special place.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Toby Venison, Richard Lander School
Yr Gp/age: Yr10
First Line: Last night I dreamt of a clock beating at my head from above,


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Peggy Russell, Mounts Bay Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr7
First Line: Last night I dreamt of the fairground.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Theo Pouroulalis, Mounts Bay Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr7
First Line: Last night I dreamt of myself.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Francesca Johns, Fowey River Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr9
First Line: Last night I dreamt that I went to the castle again.


Place: Commended
Name and School: Bella Hermes, Fowey River Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr9
First Line: Last night I dreamt I stood alone, desolate and forlorn on a beach.


Art 190 Pictures

Infants 4-7 years: 27 pictures

Place: 1st
Name and School: Alisha Wheatley, Trenance Learning Academy, Newquay
Yr Gp/age: Yr1


Judges’ Comment: Strong, bold use of colour. Vivid imagination. A picture that makes you think.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: India Tennant, Trenance Learning Academy, Newquay
Yr Gp/age: Yr1

Judges’ Comment: The peacock stands out. Strong design element, dreamy concept.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Meg Pearse, Fowey Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Yr2/6 yrs


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Beth Hamten, St Austell
Yr Gp/age: Reception/5 yrs


Place: Commended
Name and School: Saphiya Ezeizi, Fowey Primary School

Yr Gp/age: Reception/5 yrs


Juniors 8-11 years: 140 pictures

Place: 1st
Name and School: Tilly Morgan, Wadebridge Primary Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr3/8 yrs


Judges’ Comment: Embodies a dream-like quality with strong use of colour and perspective.


Place: 2nd
Name and School: Rufus Spring, Lostwithiel Primary School
Yr Gp/age: Yr6

Judges’ Comment: The quality of drawing is extremely good. Great imagination and detail.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Zahra Pope, Wadebridge Primary Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr3/8 yrs


Place: Commended
Name and School: Joseph Connop, Treverbyn Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr6


Place: Commended
Name and School: Rose, Pondhu Primary School
Yr Gp/age: Yr4


Place: Commended
Name and School: Aridas Murauskas, Treverbyn Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr6


Secondary 12-16 years: 23 pictures

Place: 1st
Name and School: Anna Browning, Richard Lander School
Yr Gp/age: Yr10/14 yrs

Judges’ Comment: Thought provoking and beautifully executed with meticulous detail. Shows both imagination and good design skills.


Place: Highly Commended
Name and School: Faith St James, Fowey River Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr9

Judges’ Comment: Sophisticated use of colour


Place: Commended
Name and School: Bronwyn Ellery, Fowey River Academy
Yr Gp/age: Yr9

Judges’ Comment: A concept worth developing


Congratulations to all Young Writers and Artists who produced such wonderful poems, stories and art this year!

Creative illustration showing character and theme name 'Last night I dreamt'

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