There’s only two weeks to go if you’re still thinking about competing in one of the National Eisteddfod’s composition competitions this year.
The closing date is 1 April, and all entries must reach the Organiser’s office by this date. With a wide range of competitions, there’s something for everyone in this year’s List of Competitions, and the list can be downloaded free of charge from the website, www.eisteddfod.wales/competing/list-of-competitions.
Entries must be sent through the post for the composition competitions, and entrants also need to compete using a pseudonym, so that their real identity remains a secret from organisers and adjudicators.
Once the adjudicators have considered and discussed the work and decided on a winner, the Organiser may open the sealed envelope sent with the wining work to find out the identity of the winner. All other envelopes remain sealed, and the Eisteddfod archive in Aberystwyth is full of generations of sealed envelopes. Who knows what identities lie hidden in sealed envelopes in the dark corridors of the National Library?
Discussing the 2017 competitions, Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis said, “The response to the Anglesey National Eisteddfod has been fantastic and we very much hope there’ll be a great response to the competitions as well. Hopefully, Wales’ best poets and writers will be putting the finishing touches to their work as we speak, ready to send their entries to the office in Mold by the closing date.
“I would like to thank our volunteers on Anglesey and nationally for all their work in choosing the list of competitions, and for choosing so many interesting items. It’s now out of our hands, and wee can look forward to the next step in the process, and of course, to the Eisteddfod itself, when we’ll announce the names of all the winners.
“There’s one other date to remember as well, 1 May, the closing date for all our stage competitions. You can register online for these competitions, www.eisteddfod.wales/competing, where you’ll find all the details and instructions. Again, I hope we’ll be inundated with competitors to ensure the success of the Anglesey National Eisteddfod.
The Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. Tickets available from 3 April, with early bird bargains running until 30 June. More details released soon. For more information on the Eisteddfod go online or ring 0845 4090 900.