Two months to go before 2019 Eisteddfod first closing date

1 October 2018

It’s hard to believe that the first closing date for next year’s Conwy County National Eisteddfod is fast approaching.

There’s only two months 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 Mererid Hopwood, Alun Cob and Aled Islwyn, and the theme for the volume of creative writing of no more than 40,000 words is ‘Cylchoedd’ (Circles).  The Medal and the financial prize of £750 are donated by Ysgol y Creuddyn, Penrhyn Bay.

The Daniel Owen Memorial Prize is presented for an unpublished novel of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline, and the adjudicators spending their winter evenings reading the entries are Haf Llewelyn, Dyfed Edwards and Llwyd Owen.  The winner will receive the Daniel Owen Memorial Medal, donated by Ross and Susan Morgan, Llanrwst, and £5,000, with £1,000 of the financial prize donated by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch and £500 by the D Tecwyn Lloyd Trust.

Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis, said, “It’s hard to believe that the first closing date for the Conwy County National Eisteddfod is only two months away, as people are still talking about this year’s festival in Cardiff.  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 at the 2019 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 Conwy County National Eisteddfod is going very well, and the List of Competitions has sold out in most bookshops.  We still have a limited number of copies available to buy on the Eisteddfod website at the moment.

“The Te yn y Grug project choir will be launched in a few days time, and I hope this will attract a full stage of people of all ages and backgrounds from across the region, with everyone coming to Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy on Thursday evening 11 October to hear more about the project over the coming months.”

The Conwy County National Eisteddfod is held in Llanrwst from 3-10 August.  For more information, to buy a copy of the List of Competitions and to register for the choir, go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.