New closing date for Eisteddfod's Daniel Owen Memorial Prize

9 September 2019

Remember there’s a new closing date for the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize competition at next year’s Ceredigion National Eisteddfod – and the date is fast approaching!

The closing date is now 1 October, so the adjudicators will have more time to read and consider the pile of novels which will be delivered to their doors for perusal over the long winter months.

So, if you’ve been working on a novel over the summer, it’s time to put the final touches to your plot, or you’ll miss this year’s closing date.

Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis, said, “It seems strange we’re already promoting the first closing date for the 2020 Eisteddfod, and everyone are still discussing this year’s festival in Conwy County, and Guto Dafydd’s amazing success in winning both the Crown and the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize. 

“But it’s time for us to look west towards Ceredigion, where a very warm welcome awaits the Eisteddfod and all our visitors and supporters in less than a year’s time.

“And before the festival itself begins, there’s plenty of important dates to remember if you’re planning on competing, with forms to complete and copies to post in good time so you don’t miss out next year.

“This is the first time we’ve used 1 October as a closing date for the competition, although the date has been public for well over a year.  So I hope everyone planning to enter their novel this year are putting the final touches to the work, with four weeks to go before the closing date.

“We want the adjudicators to have ample time to read and enjoy every entry, and to read, consider, re-read and discuss up to ten or twelve novels, all with over 50,000 words is a lot of work.  So we wanted to make sure they’ve got plenty of time to devote to the work.”

The Daniel Owen Memorial Prize is presented for an unpublished novel of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline, and this year’s adjudicators are Aled Islwyn, Gwen Pritchard Jones and Dafydd Morgan Lewis.  The Daniel Owen Memorial Medal, given by Gareth, Cerys and Betsan Lloyd, Talgarreg, will be presented to the winner, with a financial prize of £5,000 from Aberystwyth University.

The next closing date for entries for the Literary Medal, 1 December, is also fast approaching.

The Ceredigion National Eisteddfod is held in Tregaron from 1-8 August next year.  For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.