It’s hard to believe that the first closing date for next year’s Anglesey National Eisteddfod is fast approaching.
There’s only a month to go until 1 December, the date when all entries for the Prose Medal and the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize must be received so they can be sent on to the adjudicators.
The adjudicators for this year’s Prose Medal are Francesca Rhydderch, Lleucu Roberts and Gerwyn Wiliams, and the theme for the volume of creative writing of no more than 40,000 words is ‘Cysgodion’ (Shadows). The Medal and the financial prize of £750 are donated by the 1957 Anglesey National Eisteddfod Committee Fund.
The Daniel Owen Memorial Prize is presented for an unpublished novel of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline, and the adjudicators spending their winter evenings reading the entries are Bethan Gwanas, Tony Bianchi and Caryl Lewis. 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.
Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis, said, “It’s hard to believe that the first closing date for the Anglesey National Eisteddfod is only a month away, as people are still talking about this year’s festival in Monmouthshire. There are only a few weeks left now, so it’s time to get moving with your novel or volume of creative writing if you want to compete in the 2017 Eisteddfod.
“This closing date marks the start of the busy period of closing dates, with the composition dates continuing until 1 April, and the closing date for stage competitions on 1 May. I hope this year’s competitions appeal to a wide audience and that the postbags will be full with entries on 1 December and all the other closing dates.
“The work of organising the Anglesey National Eisteddfod is going very well, and we are already looking forward to a great week on the outskirts of Bodedern in the north of the island. Everyone is extremely enthusiastic and this bodes very well for next year.”
Online registration for stage competitions opens in the new year, and details of all Eisteddfod competitions are available here, www.eisteddfod.wales/competing.