With the closing date gone, Eisteddfod organisers can reveal that the 2017 Daniel Owen Memorial Prize has attracted a record number of entries.
Having looked back at every year since the Eisteddfod was last held in Anglesey in 1999, this year’s total of 13 entries is the highest organisers have seen.
Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis says, “We are delighted with the response to the competition this year. We’ve seen a steady number of entries over the past few years, with an average of 6-7 novels every year, but this year has surprised and delighted us all. Attracting 13 novels is no mean feat, and it shows that there is great interest in writing Welsh language fiction here in Wales at the moment.
“The highest total until now was 12 back in 2007 when the Eisteddfod was held in Flintshire, and I’m very pleased to have broken the record this year in Anglesey. I hope the adjudicators are ready for the challenge ahead over the next few weeks!”
Those facing the challenge are Bethan Gwanas, Tony Bianchi and Caryl Lewis, and all the novels are original unpublished works of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline.
The winner will receive the Daniel Owen Memorial Medal and £5,000, with the financial prize donated by Ann Clwyd in memory of her husband, Owen Roberts, Newborough.
The winner will be announced from the Pavilion stage on Tuesday 8 August, during the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, held at Bodedern from 4-12 August.
For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.