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The short story competition starts today. The theme of your story need not reference Wales in any way. You may submit your entry in either Welsh or English.  Basically you will need to write a short story between 1000 and 3000 words in length and submit it in accordance with the rules for site members or non-site members outlined below. Accompanying graphics ARE permitted but your entry will be judged solely on its literary merit. There is a US 200 dollars (approximately 130GBP ) prize for the winner. The final submission date is Nov 30th 2014 .   You may submit up to four entries.

We are immensely proud and pleased to announce that in 2014, author Mike Jenkins will judge the entries in the West Coast Eisteddfod Online Short Story competition.

Poet, story writer and novelist. Mike is a former teacher at Comprehensive school level for nearly 30 years and is now a fulltime writer and is available for readings and workshops at any time. Mike has lived in Merthyr for over 30 years and was winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 1979 and the Welsh Arts Council Young Writer’s Prize in 1984. Mike also won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry and the 1998 Wales Book of the Year (English section) for Wanting To Belong (Seren, 2000), a book of interlinked stories for teenagers. He was a runner-up in Academi's 2009 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition.

He is a former editor of Poetry Wales and has co–edited Red Poets magazine for many years. His latest novella The Fugitive Three centres on three young people in a South Wales Valley’s estate whose stories intertwine and who, despite the odds, refuse to live lives of quiet desperation. It is fast-paced and written in a tight dialect in the third person narrative. Mike is a Fellow of Academi. Read his poem for Glyn Jones here.

Mike and painter Michael Gustavius Payne have recently been successful in an application to the Arts Council of Wales to tour a body of work across Wales in 2011 and 2012. The exhibition, currently being developed, will be titled 'Dim Gobaith Caneri', meaning “no hope like a canary” exploring ideas inspired by traditional Welsh idioms and phrases. Mike's latest book Barkin is a collection of poems and short stories published by Carreg Gwalch.'

This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring short story writers to achieve recognition and publication and we would like to repeat that there are NO registration fees. The winner and his/her work will also be featured on this site on what we hope will be a heavily trafficked page.

UPDATE 12/20/13: Winner To Appear In Cambria Magazine

Today we are pleased to announce that the 2014 West Coast Eisteddfod Short Story Competition winner will appear in Cambria Magazine - the magazine that celebrates all things Welsh.


Cambria Magazine

Cambria Magazine's mission is to celebrate and promote all that is good in Wales and about Wales. Cambria is the only independent, Welsh-owned, cultural and lifestyle magazine distributed throughout the whole of Wales, in addition to reaching subscribers in over 40 countries worldwide. Welsh to the core, there is nothing quite like Cambria!



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  • Competition group relaunched today.....more announcements to come.....please keep checking back

  • This group is under reconstruction. It will be finished shortly. Meanwhile please go here:-  to post your submissions. We apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience...diolch

  • Where can I submit my story? Is it published online or is it a closed process - thx :)
    • Hi will be publicly viewable

  • Diolch for posting Phil

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    Comment by Ceri Shaw on December 27, 2013 at 12:51pm

    In which case yes.....creative non-fiction is ok

    Comment by Jennifer (aka Garan Gwyn) on December 27, 2013 at 12:36pm

    Well, no, not really...when it comes to creative non-fiction, which is my genre, the sky is the limit.  LOL  The story I submitted at the first Eisteddfod was creative non-fiction.  But it can be very different than that also.  It can be in a story format, only be a true story, just "enhanced"...hmmm...well, take Harrison Solow's "Bendithion".  Outstanding Creative Non-Fiction.

    Comment by Ceri Shaw on December 27, 2013 at 12:11pm

    They should ideally be fiction....but I guess creative non-fiction would be ok. Can you give me a clearer idea of what you had in mind?

    Comment by Jennifer (aka Garan Gwyn) on December 27, 2013 at 10:00am

    I have one question.  It's not stated one way or the other, so I'm assuming the the genre is open to anything, but I wanted to make sure...can the stories be fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, etc., etc., or is it limited to fiction?


  • Diolch yn fawr Philip....we will shortly be inviting everyone who submitted to the 2014 West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry and Short Story competitions to resubmit their entries. We have complete records and the competiton will not be affected in any way by this pathetic act of vandalism

  • Shame about those damn hackers...some people like you Ceri and Gaabi are creative...others are destructive...I know which I would rather be....Phil BOZ Evans
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