Only a week to go for the first closing date for the 2017 Eisteddfod

23 November 2016

There’s only a week to go until the closing date for the Anglesey National Eisteddfod Prose Medal and Daniel Owen Memorial Prize.

1 December is the important date, so it’s time to read through work one last time, carefully pack three copies and send them to the Eisteddfod office over the next few days.

The theme for this year’s Prose Medal is ‘Cysgodion’ (Shadows), and the adjudicators for the volume of creative writing of no more than 40,000 words are Francesca Rhydderch, Lleucu Roberts and Gerwyn Wiliams.  The Medal and the financial prize of £750 are donated by the 1957 Anglesey National Eisteddfod Committee Fund.

Bethan Gwanas, Tony Bianchi and Caryl Lewis will be spending their long winter evenings reading the pile of unpublished novels of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline which will soon be delivered to their doorsteps.  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 time to reach for the envelope, make sure all your details are in the sealed envelope, and that the entry form and all the other necessary information have been completed correctly.  Then, send us your work in good time to reach us by 1 December.

 “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 next week and all the other closing dates.

“The online registration system for stage competitions opens at the beginning of the year.  We had a great response to the system in its first year, and I hope that even more competitors will choose to register online for the Anglesey National Eisteddfod.”


The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held near Bodedern from 4-12 August.  For more information go online,