Children's Annual Literary Competition

Are you aged between 9 – 11 or 12 – 14 and want to win up to £60? Then get Creative during 2016!

This annual competition was first promoted by the Friends in 2012 in order to stimulate a wider appreciation and understanding amongst the younger generation of what is so special about the landscape, flora, fauna and cultural heritage of our wonderful National Park. It is open to anyone within the Primary and Secondary Age Groups as detailed above who lives in or has visited Pembrokeshire’s National Park. Some of the past prize winners live in England. We do, however, actively canvass all the Head Teachers of the local schools with the help of the County Council in the hope that they will encourage as many of their students as possible to enter. Since the competition also promotes the writing of a letter, poem or piece of prose, we hope that it will form part of the school curriculum requirements and we award a ‘Certificate of Commendation’ to each school who has helped in this way. Our panel of three judges includes two teachers one of whom is a retired Head Teacher. Two of them are fluent in both English and Welsh. Apart from the cash prizes given to each of the winning entrants, we publish the winning entries on this web-site (see below) and also include some of them in our “News & Views” magazine during the following year. This magazine is not only circulated to ‘Members’ of the Friends but it is also distributed to those interested in our work throughout the UK and overseas. By courtesy of Oriel y Parc, the winning entries will also be displayed there for a short while.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

As indicated the two age groups for submissions will be the Primary and Secondary age Groups. As guidance, 9 – 11 years and 12 – 14 years, respectively as at the 31st August 2017. A prize of £60, £40 and £25 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, will be awarded to each of the winning entrants in each group. No entry forms will be issued, and all that is asked is that any youngster wishing to enter submits a letter, poem or piece of prose encapsulating what it is that makes Britain’s only truly Coastal National Park so special to them. They may do a drawing or take a photograph (optional) within the National Park which depicts this, as long as it is accompanied by a letter, poem or piece of prose identifying what it is they are trying to emphasise about the National Park. Any entry, which should be about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, should have a relevant title and may be handwritten or typed. It should have the author’s name, date of birth, name of school, home address and both home and school telephone numbers clearly written on the reverse. All entries must be received by the 31st December in each year and should be sent to:- The Secretary, FPCNP, 2 Strawberry Gardens, Penally, Pembrokeshire SA70 7QF. Prizes will be presented to the winners in person (if possible) at the next Friends AGM to be held in April 2017.

Winners will be notified in the New Year and Press releases will be sent to all local papers following the prize giving. To this end, entry into the competition implies school and parental consent to publicise the winners on the FPCNP website and/or Facebook page; in FPCNP or related publications and National Park Information Centres. (See our Privacy Policy on

The parents/guardians of all winners will receive a consent form, which should be signed and returned to the Chairman of the Friends of the PCNP. (His address will be on the consent form.)

Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?
We ask for each entrant’s:
• Name
• Date of birth
• School name and telephone number
• Home address and telephone number
How do we use this information?
• We need the child’s name for identification and for the prize certificate.
• We use the child’s date of birth only to verify that the entrant is within the age limit of the competition.
• We use the child’s name, school name and age in our publications and/or website or Facebook page in order to publicise the winners of the competition, (eg Sam Jones, Ysgol Bryn y Môr, age 10).
• We need the school name/telephone number and the child’s home address/telephone number in order to communicate with the headteacher and parents/guardians.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
• We do not share information with outside parties.
• We will never show a child’s home address, telephone number or date of birth on any work displayed in an information centre, or in any publication or digital medium.
• Any photographs taken may be used in the local press as well as in the above-named media.
What steps do we take to publicise these Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy?
A copy of the above Terms and Conditions, along with the Privacy Policy will be sent to each school and to each ex-county entrant when the winners are announced.
Parental or Guardian’s consent
A consent form will be sent to each prizewinner. Acceptance of the prize money and certificate implies acceptance of the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. The signed consent form must be returned to the chairman of the FPCNP by a date two weeks before the prize giving. The signed form must be received by FPCNP in order to receive the prize.

The Winners for 2015

(The winning poems can be seen in full by clicking on the respective titles)

Primary Age Group

1st Prize of £60 to

Lloyd Smith from “Spittal VC School”, for his entry entitled


2nd Prize of £40 to

Abi Thomas from “St. Mary’s RC School”, Pembroke Dock, for her entry entitled

“Pembrokeshire Coastal Path”

3rd Prize of £25 to

Seren Lewis from “Ysgol Brynconin”, Llandissilio, for her entry entitled

“The colours of the habitats in the National Park”


Secondary Age Group

1st Prize of £60 to

Joss Lerwill from “Ysgol Bro Gwaun”, Fishguard, for his entry entitled


2nd Prize of £40 to

Ruth Crowther from “Castle Hall Academy”,West Yorkshire, for her entry entitled

“The Sea Cats”

3rd Prize of £25 to

Heledd Thomas from “Ysgol Bro Gwaun”, Fishguard, for her entry entitled

“Pembrokeshire the jewel in the Welsh Crown”

Highly Commended £10 to

Emma Caroe “Home Educated”, from Sheffield, for her entry entitled

“The Secret of Gors Fawr”

Commended £5

Libby Rands from “Ysgol Bro Gwaun”, Fishguard, for her entry entitled

“Pembrokeshire Paradise”