Two months to go before first Eisteddfod closing date

1 October 2017

Only a few weeks after the end of the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, it’s hard to believe that the first closing date for next year’s Cardiff 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 at the Eisteddfod office.

With these two competitions requiring up to 40,000 words and over 50,000 words respectively, the closing date is earlier than the other composition competitions to allow plenty of time for the adjudicators to study the entries and come to their decision well before the start of the festival held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August.

The adjudicators for this year’s Prose Medal are Sonia Edwards, Menna Baines and Manon Rhys, and the theme for the volume of creative writing of no more than 40,000 words is ‘Ynni’ (Energy).  The Medal and the financial prize of £750 are donated by Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, Cardiff.

The Daniel Owen Memorial Prize is presented for an unpublished novel of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline, and the adjudicators spending their winter evenings reading the entries are Meinir Pierce Jones, Bet Jones and Gareth Miles.  The winner will receive the Daniel Owen Memorial Medal and £5,000, with the financial prize donated by the WJEC to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the organisation’s predecessor in 1948.

Eisteddfod Organiser Elen Elis, said, “It’s hard to believe that we’re already promoting the first closing date for next year’s Eisteddfod, when we’ve hardly finished analysing this year’s winning work!  But December will soon arrive, and as writing a novel or a volume of prose is a huge commitment, it’s important that we remind people of the closing date, so that there’s plenty of time to complete the work over the next few weeks.

“Everyone knows that the Cardiff Eisteddfod will be a different festival, and preparations are coming together very well.  With a combination of the Bay’s iconic buildings and attractive temporary structures, this festival is a chance for us to experiment with a number of different ideas, and we’ll be announcing more details between now and August.

“Events and activities are being held across the capital city weekly to raise money, and we’ve all seen that there’s been a gear change locally since everyone returned from a successful week in Bodedern in August.  It’s great to see so many events and so many people involved in the work, and we thank everyone for taking part."

The Cardiff National Eisteddfod is held from 3-11 August.  For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.