Young People:- 11-18

The Adult Literature Eisteddfod and Children’s Eisteddfod will be back next year, in 2023.


There is a wide range of music, singing, dance and drama competitions for individuals and groups.

Cash prizes for stage competitors!

  • age 15-18 category: 1st prize: £20; 2nd prize: £15; 3rd prize; £10
  • age 11-14 category: 1st prize: £15; 2nd prize: £10; 3rd prize; £5
  • special extra prizes of £25 each for up to 3 best acts (see Notes below)

Dates and times

  • Closing date for all entries:  10th March 2020
  • Preliminary competitions (if there are more than 3 entries): morning of Saturday 21st March
  • On-stage finals: from 2.15 pm onwards, Saturday 21st March

Music Composition: Compose a piece of music no longer than 5 minutes, for any combination of instruments, to be submitted to Rosemary Williams as sheet music (or detailed descriptive plan) and a recorded version, by 10th March 2020.


Ages in the categories refer to competitors’ ages on 1 September 2019


King Henry VIII School, Old Hereford Road, Abergavenny, NP7 6EP

Competition rules

  • Competitors can choose their own pieces, as long as they are within 4 minutes in length (unless the entry form says otherwise).
  • Material used, including songs and drama texts, must be suitable for an all-age audience.
  • Acts using inappropriate material will be disqualified.
  • For safety and space reasons, we have set a maximum number of competitors for the dance competitions.

Musical competitions

  • Competitors must bring 2 copies of the music with them, at least one of which is the original. One copy is for themselves and one is for the adjudicator, which must have the competitor’s name and competition number on it. Copies are destroyed afterwards to comply with the Copyright Act.
  • Competitors not submitting music will be disqualified.
  • Conductors in the group competitions may be young people or adults.

Drama and recitation competitions

  • Recitation competitors need to bring a copy of the piece with them for the adjudicator.

Composition competition

  • All compositions must be submitted with a signed declaration stating that the composition is entirely the unaided work of the competitor and that it has not previously been submitted at any other eisteddfod, competition or festival. (see note 5 below)
  • All entries must be accompanied by a copy of the composition plus a recording which must be received by Rosemary Williams no later than 10th March 2020.

How to enter

Please fill in the entry form, setting out a list of competitions , which you can submit online.
If you would like a paper copy of the application form, please contact Rosemary Williams

Further information

If you have any enquiries, please contact Rosemary Williams  on Tel 07929609689 or email


  1. All finalists performing on stage receive written adjudications and cash prizes.
  2. Up to three best acts receive an extra cash prize of £25, linked to an invitation to perform on stage in the Borough Theatre Gala Concert on Sat 13th June. The extra prizes are awarded that evening.
  3. Visitors are welcome. Adult visitors on 21st April have to buy a spectator ticket (£3.00) on the door. Children and young people up to age 18 come in free.
  4. Photographs will be taken and may be used for publicity purposes.
  5. We may ask you to perform your composition/play your recording, but this depends on the time available, so unfortunately we can’t promise it.



Theme for all competitions  Môr a Mynydd / Sea and Mountains

All entries to be clearly marked on reverse with name of pupil, school year and school and taken to The Tithe Barn,

Monk Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5ND

Entries WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED without these details.

The closing date is Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Presentation of prizes: during morning of the Abergavenny Eisteddfod on Saturday, March 21st 2020.

N.B. Prizes for Art & Craft, Literature and Photography will be the same as the prizes for the 5 – 11 age group.

Cymraeg Iaith Cyntaf – Welsh First Language

Barddoniaeth – Poetry

Years 7 – 9

Years 10 -11   Pob un hyd at 20 llinell

Years 12 -13


Stori, Iaith Cyntaf Story, Welsh First Language

Years 7 – 9      – hyd at 300 gair

Years 10 -11   – hyd at 400 gair

Years 12 -13   – hyd at 500 gair


Cymraeg Ail Iaith – Welsh Second Language

Barddoniaeth – Poetry

Years 7 – 9

Years 10 -11   Pob un hyd at 20 llinell

Years 12 -13


Stori Ail Iaith Story, Welsh Second Language

Years 7-9        – hyd at 300 gair / up to 300 words

Years 10-11    – hyd at 400 gair / up to 400 words

Years 12-13    – hyd at 500 gair / up to 500 words


English Medium Competitions – Cystadleuthau Saesneg

Poetry English Language only

Years 7-9

Years 10-11    All – up to 20 lines

Years 12-13


 Story-English Language only

Years 7-9       – up to 300 words

Years 10-11   – up to 400 words

Years 12 -13  – up to 500 words



Theme “Môr a Mynydd / Sea and Mountains”

2D no bigger than 760mm x 560mm

Years 7-9

Years 10-11

Years 12-13



3D no bigger than 750mm x 750mm x 750mm

Definition of 3D (an object which is visible from every direction and is able to support itself)

Weight restriction of any item is not to exceed 10kg.

Years 7-9

Years 10-11

Years 12-13



Same theme:“Môr a Mynydd / Sea and Mountains”  Size 7˝x 5˝ or 8˝x 6˝  Either size unmounted. Either black and white or colour

Years 7-9

Years 10-11

Years 12-13