E N G L I S H  L I T E R A R Y

"A massive thank you to all who submitted work for the Literary Section this year. As I am sure you'll understand, the lockdown and global pandemic have affected the return of entries, but rest assured, all were adjudicated before the current situation began and will be returned when the the island moves out of lockdown.

Thank you for your wonderful work and support!"

Sophie Appleqvist, Executive Officer,

Literary Section of the Guernsey Eisteddfod Society

Click HERE for the Literary Syllabus 2020

Click HERE for the Exhibition Entry Form

Please see 'Who's Who' for contact details of the English Literature Executive Officer

English literature is generally seen as beginning with the epic poem Beowulf that dates from between 8th to 11th centuries –before the first ever Eisteddfod Festival in Wales in 1176.  Written in Old English, it achieved national epic status in England despite being set in Scandinavia.


The art of composing and writing English, in a literary format, has appealed to millions through the centuries and decades and the belief that “in everyone there is a novel” remains a strong today in the 21st century.  Whether it is a poem, a short story, a biographical piece, a duologue or a group work, all entries are warmly welcomed into the English Literary section of the Guernsey Eisteddfod.


Whether you have been writing for days, months or years as a hobby – or with a view to publication – the Guernsey Eisteddfod is an opportunity to share and showcase your literary work in the Exhibition.


Every single entry receives a personal adjudication with constructive comments, praise and ideas and many entries have actually led to publication at a later date.  Trophies are awarded to varying different classes providing that extra endorsement of success to the winners.


The winner of the Guernsey Writers’ Short Story Trophy for 2013 and 2014 was Eileen Gaudion who describes her devotion to writing as follows:


“Unlike the performing arts, writing is a solitary activity.  By entering the Guernsey Eisteddfod, I was able to share the short stories I so enjoy creating and at the same time receive valuable feedback.




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