The 2017 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 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 of their OWN creation ~ though this can include traditional tales, myths etc. on 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 Beverley Price, winner of the 2016 Chief Poet Skaldic Chair. In keeping with the privileges of the Chief Skald, she has set the theme for the 2017 contest (October 7th). The theme for 2017 Poetry Section is ~ Life Changing Events.
Congratulations equally go to Rachel O'Leary, winner of the 2016 Chief Storyteller Skaldic Chair. In keeping with the privileges of the Chief Skald, she has set the theme for the 2017 contest. The theme for 2017 Storytelling Section is ~ The Wild Wood.