Suffolk's Own Eisteddfod

The rules of the contest

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.

  1. This contest is open to all poets and/or storytellers over the age of 18 (Young Skald's can enter with parental consent, contact us for advice) who are prepared to make at least 3 official visits (as performers) to West Stow, or other Suffolk venues during their year's tenure.
  2. The winner will be the holder of the Skaldic Poetry (or Storytelling) Chair of Suffolk for the following year, a title which will revoked after a year and day.
  3. The entry may be of poetry or story (more than one is acceptable, within the time limit), but the judges will consider relevance to the theme, adherence to the time limit and performance from memory (rather than reading aloud) as important in making their decision.
  4. Contestants may ONLY enter EITHER the poetry OR the storytelling section in any given year (thus ensuring that the same person cannot win both awards at one time);
  5. Each entrant has a maximum time limit in which to perform (see above) ~ and can choose whether to recite one or more works within that period. Over-running will loose points, and may result in use of The Hook!
  6. The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The organiser retains the right to change these rules as necessary by arrogant whim.
  8. The qualities sought for by the judges include:
  • Audibility
  • Originality of Poetry / Story
  • Interaction with the audience
  • Stage Presence
  • Narrative / poetic flow
  • Inventiveness of the tale / poetic skill
  • Relevance to the theme ('***see below***')

Prizes available:

  • Name pyrographed upon the Throne
  • The Crown
  • A lovely certificate!

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. 

The Themes

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.