Two months to go before the first closing date for the 2016 Eisteddfod

30 September 2015

It’s hard to believe that the first closing date for next year’s Monmouthshire and District 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 Angharad Dafis, Jane Aaron and Dafydd Morgan Lewis, and the theme for the volume of creative writing of no more than 40,000 words is ‘Galw’ (Call)  The Medal and the financial prize of £750 are donated by Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Pontypool.

The Daniel Owen Memorial Prize is presented for an unpublished novel of no less than 50,000 words with a strong storyline, and the adjudicators spending their winter evenings reading the entries are Jon Gower, Fflur Dafydd and Gareth F Williams.  The winner will receive the Daniel Owen Memorial Medal and £5,000.

Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis, said, “It’s hard to believe that the first closing date for the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is only two months away, as people are still reading and discussing this year’s Eisteddfod literary works.  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 in the 2016 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 Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is going very well, and we are already looking forward to a great week in an area which is welcoming the Eisteddfod for the first time in over a century.  There’s plenty of enthusiasm across the region, and we’ve had a great welcome from people of all ages.”

 

The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is held on Castle Meadows on the outskirts of Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August.  For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.