The 2016 contest will be split into two halves, each with it's own winner (and a shared Chair!) The first round will be a poetry contest in which each contestant will have 5 minutes in which to recite a poem (or more than one, within the same time limit) of their OWN creation. After an interlude the second round will be a storytelling contest in which each contestant will have 15 minutes in which to tell a story (or more than one, within the same time limit) of their OWN creation ~ though this can include traditional tales to which they have put their own personal "spin". SEE BELOW FOR THE THEMES FOR THIS YEAR.
The post is largely an honorary one. The purpose of the award is to honour the best wordsmiths in the community who choose to compete for the Throne. It is up to the recipient of the prize to assist in the elevation of the word and promote the Throne in a manner appropriate to the position.
Congratulations go to Emmalena Louise Ellis, winner of the 2015 Chief Poet Skaldic Chair. In keeping with the privileges of the Chief Skald, she has set the theme for the 2016 contest (date tbc). The theme for 2016 Poetry Section is ~ Mythical & Tropical Birds.
Congratulations equally go to Marion Leeper, winner of the 2015 Chief Storyteller Skaldic Chair. In keeping with the privileges of the Chief Skald, she has set the theme for the 2016 contest. The theme for 2016 Storytelling Section is ~ Tricksters, Riddles & Lies.