E N G L I S H  L I T E R A R Y

"As our island begins it’s return to our “new normal”, we can start the process of returning entries and certificates to those of you who entered their writing with an addressed envelope. Thank you so very much for your continued patience during these unprecedented times and this very different Eisteddfod. We’d be grateful for your continued patience, as the returns process may take a little longer due to continued reduced access to post offices. As ever, thank you for your hard work and we look forward to reading more of your wonderful writing in the future'.

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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