This year the theme is – Môr a Mynydd – which can be taken literally to be about the sea or mountains, but is also part of the idiom “gwneud môr a mynydd”, which is the Welsh equivalent to “make a mountain out of a molehill” or “a storm in a teacup”, so it’s up to you which interpretation you’d like to use.
Welsh language prose (2 levels)
Beginner - prose entries of up to 200 words for people who have NOT YET started SSiW Level 2 or attended any DysguCymraeg.cymru (LearnWelsh.cymru) classes beyond Mynediad.
Write a short email or postcard to a friend describing a visit to a place by the sea or in the mountains.
Post-beginner - prose entries of up to 750 words, open to everyone – a short story related to the theme: "Môr a Mynydd”
A short book review, up to a maximum of 400 words, written in Welsh, for learners that are enjoying reading in Welsh and would like to share a favourite book with others.
Welsh language poetry (3 categories)
Short poem - max 20 lines, written in free verse, on the topic " Môr a Mynydd "
Englyn milwr – this is a short 3-line poem, each line having 7 syllables and rhyming at the end. In our Eisteddfod, this is optionally a verbal poetry category. If you’re not confident about writing in Welsh, you’re welcome to record your englyn and submit the sound file.
An explanation of the form can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/englyn-milwr-ssi
Here’s last year’s Englyn Milwr winner as an example:
Gwanwyn 2020 gan Charles Williams (Draenog)
Mewn byd go ryfedd o’n i
Canodd blagur o Gymru-
Gŵyl gwanwyn fy nghalon i
And to start you off, here’s your first line for this year. Just create the next two and you’re done!
Gwlad hardd yw Cymru i mi
As this is a verbal art form, the number of syllables goes with the pronunciation – so “dw i’n” counts as one. To help you find words to rhyme at the end, have a look at the online rhyming dictionary - Odliadur
Limerig – a limerick in the standard pattern starting with:
Pan es i mas am dro un diwrnod
A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines should only have five to seven syllables; they too must rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.