Pewasow Gorsedh Kernow

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards 2021 replaces the old awards and competitions scheme.  The change to a more flexible system will enable us to recognise and celebrate a much greater range of Cornish cultural activity alongside of the more traditional arts and literary entries. It will also open the doors to new media technologies.

A special awards ceremony is held during the Esedhvos week before the Gorsedh Kernow ceremony on the first Saturday of September. The awards ceremony will also include displays, presentations and performances by award winners. Full details will be posted on this website and in the Esedhvos Programme nearer the date.

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards are divided into “Adults” and “Young People”. Leaflets in pdf format for the Young People’s Awards give more information. Information on the Adults Awards is available on the website for 2021 and a new leaflet will be available for the 2022 Awards. There is no restriction on who may submit an entry.

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards seek to foster and promote the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall, through awarding Awen Medals for outstanding creative and community work that expresses Cornish identity and culture. These awards are designed to celebrate creative or community work that is exceptional, whether by scope, scale, duration or reach.

For 2021 we have changed our categories in recognition of the growing number of entries we receive:

Our new Open Submission section allows anyone to submit work their own work in some key aspects of Cornish culture: Cornish Language or Dialect writing, Cornish Study, and Creative Work. After specialist adjudication, successful entrants will be awarded a Gorsedh Kernow Certificate of Recognition. The awards panel may use its discretion to award one prestigious Awen medal in any category. Please see the entry form for details of each category.

Our Gorsedh Kernow Awards for outstanding work in Creativity or Community are not open to self-submission but everyone is invited to nominate individuals or groups for work in either category that is exceptional or outstanding, by virtue of length of service, reach or scope of achievement. Nominations, with written citations, must be on the official form.

There have been no changes to the Young People’s scheme. Here is the form and here the leafletPlease note that Kowsva is not open at the moment and you should either email or post your entries.

Please note that the deadline for nominations is 31st. March.

If you have any further questions please contact us via these emails:

Young People’s Awards 2021

Young People’s Awards 2021

The Young People's Awards ceremony was held at Kresen Kernow on Wednesday 8th. September 2021. Gorsedh Kernow was pleased to welcome some of the winners. To see a larger image, click the thumbnail. To download a larger image, right-click and Save As. Ethan Tyson and...

Gorsedh Awards ceremony 2021

Gorsedh Awards ceremony 2021

Gorsedh Kernow was pleased to welcome these award winners at the awards evening in Bude-Stratton on Friday 3rd. September 2021. To see a larger image, click the thumbnail. To download the large image, right-click and Save As. Cornwall Music TrustWill KeatingSimon...

Gorsedh Kernow Adult Awards

Gorsedh Kernow Adult Awards

12.7.21. Gorsedh Kernow announces the Adult Awards winners 2021. The Grand Bard, Elizabeth Carne, and the Gorsedh Kernow Awards panel are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the prestigious Awen medal, together with a number of named awards, for outstanding...

Young People Awards

Young People Awards

5.7.21. Gorsedh Kernow announces the Young People Awards winners 2021. Gorsedh Kernow are delighted to announce the winners of the Gorsedh KernowYoung People Awards. Awards Coordinator Amanda Harris said “It is veryencouraging to see that the quality, creativity and...

Launch of Gorsedh Kernow Children’s Awards 2021

Gorsedh Kernow is delighted to announce that it is now open for nominations for the Gorsedh Kernow Children’s awards which are open to children and young people under 18 years. The Awards seek to encourage learning,  understanding and promotion of Cornish culture and...

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2020

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2020

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2020 results are here! In light of COVID-19 restrictions, we are celebrating our award winners’ achievements online this year. Please visit our poster 'gallery' to discover some of the amazing people that have earned awards...

Gorsedh Kernow Awards Deadline

The deadline for entries to the Gorsedh Kernow Awards is March 31st. 2021. Please see the Awards page for further details. You can email us at with any queries.

Gorsedh Awards in Previous Years

Here are videos of the Awards Entries in previous years:

2020   2019   2018   2017

And here are photos of the previous years’ Presentation Evenings for Awards Winners:

2019   2018   2017   2016