Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards

Keslowena – congratulations – to class and cup winners in 2020. You’ll find details here.

You’ll find the list of nominated publications here.

All entries are listed here.

Sincere apologies to Awen Productions, Barbara Santi and all the contributors for our omission from the list of nominated publications in 2020 of Home of Springs: Trengwainton.

The annual Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards were instigated in 1996 for books published in 1995 and are so named in memory of Redruth publisher and Cornish Bard Leonard Truran, whose Bardic name was Holyer an Gof – Follower of The Smith. The scheme was established and is organised by Bards of Gorsedh Kernow to promote books about Cornwall, set in Cornwall or in Cornish (Kernewek).

Each year about 60 – 80 books are submitted by publishers from Cornwall and beyond and these are read and evaluated by members of a panel of Readers. The winning entries are announced at a presentation evening to be held this year on July 8th. at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro..

There are 12 categories, each nominated book receiving a Gorsedh Kernow Certificate. There is a winning book in each class/sub-class, which receives a Gorsedh Kernow Winner’s Certificate.

In addition the following awards are made at the presentation evening.

  1. The Holyer an Gof Cup, gifted by the late Joan Truran, in memory of her husband, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in Classes 1 – 4.
  2. The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies Holyer an Gof Cup which is awarded for the most outstanding entry in classes 5 & 6.
  3. The Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cup which is awarded for the best original fiction work or translation into Cornish (Kernewek).
  4. The Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup which is awarded for authorship in the class for children and young adults.

Review Forms 2020-21

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Holyer an Gof in previous years

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Holyer an Gof deadline

The deadline for submissions to the Holyer an Gof Publishers' Awards scheme is February 27th. We know however that a number of publishers have been struggling with getting supplies from their warehouses. If you still have a book you would like to submit please contact...


Entry Form Frequently asked questions These annual publishers' awards are promoted by Gorsedh Kernow for publications about Cornwall, set in Cornwall or in Cornish (Kernewek).  The overall award - the original Holyer an Gof Cup (now given for fiction)- is...

Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards Entry Form

To download an editable version of the form, please click here. To download a copy of the entry form in Microsoft Word, please click here. To download a copy of a PDF entry form, please click here.