Deadline for entries is now closed and judges are making their way through all of the entries. 

Niall Power on Beat Breakfast took a particular shine to this one written by a little boy called Ben from County Waterford…

The five finalists in each category will be revealed very soon here on

Last year, Beat 102 103 held its inaugural Fairytale Festival in the beautiful grounds of Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny and the event was such a success, it’s returning this year on Sunday, July 23rd; in association with Kilkenny County Council.

As part of our preparations for the festival, we’re inviting as many primary schools as possible from around the region to get involved in our Fairytale Festival Creative Competition.

The competition is divided into two categories: 

(A) Junior Infants up to 2nd class:

 Draw or paint a picture with a fairytale theme on A4 size.

(B) 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class:

Write a short story or a poem with a fairytale theme – the length should be hand written on no more than two copy book pages.

  1. Entries can be on whatever colour paper or card you like.
  2. Junior drawing entries can be done in any medium you like, pencil, paint, crayon or macaroni, whatever you want!
  3. Don’t forget to include the child’s name, their class, class teacher and the name and address of the school on the back of each entry.
  4. Entries to be posted to Fairytale Festival Creative Competition, The Broadcast Centre, Ardkeen, Dunmore Road, Waterford.
  5. Alternatively, entries can be scanned and emailed to
  6. Closing date for entries is Friday, May 19th

There will be finalists from each of the five counties of the South East and an overall winner in each category.

Winners will be announced on Beat on Friday, May 26th.

All finalists will receive a family pass to this year’s Fairytale Festival and overall winners will win the Family pass along with a Fairytale Cool 2 School and a €500 voucher for their school to spend on appropriate electronic equipment.

All finalists and winning entries (and as many of the others as we can fit!) will be on display in the Craft Area of The Fairytale Festival on the day.

So come on, get creative!

As part of our Fairytale Festival Creative Competition, we’ve enlisted the help of our resident artist at Shankill Castle, Elizabeth Cope, to show that you can draw on practically anything!

For our second video in the series, Elizabeth shows that it’s okay to make a mess while making art!

Today, Elizabeth demonstrates how easy it is to draw on the go!

Be it the zoo or your back yard, Elizabeth explains why you’ll always come across something worth drawing.