Eisteddfod FAQ

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Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby Jingle » 09 Jan 2009, 19:35

While Rancid's Hints and FAQ hibernates between Eisteddfod Competitions, here are some of the frequently asked questions that you might want to know about as you prepare for the next competition. Please feel free to ask new questions in this thread, and we'll try to answer them here too. If you have the question, chances are someone else does too!

Q) What is the schedule for future Eisteddfodau?
A) Each season's Eisteddfod, Imbolc/Lughnasadh, Beltaine/Samhuinn, Lughnasadh/Imbolc, Samhuinn/Beltaine, begins approximately one week after the solstice or equinox before it. Entries close and voting begins approximately one week before the festival. Voting is complete on the day of the festival, and winners are announced as soon as the polls close.

Q) What if nobody likes what I did? Will the voting be made public? What if I don't get any votes? I'll be soooo embarrassed!
A) The Eisteddfod is a competition, and as such, there will be winners and, uh, not winners. The voting will be visible as soon as you place your vote, and entrants have been known to be embarrassed by having not received many (or any) votes. Before you enter, ask yourself this question: Does this entry satisfy ME? If the answer is yes, then you have already won the biggest prize, no matter what the voters say.

Q) I'm still a little nervous about entering. My work just isn't that good. What can I do?
A) The Eisteddfod isn't the right answer for everybody. There are other fora available in which you can post your work in a non-competitive atmosphere with no judging. You will find these fora under the Creative Bardic Pursuits banner. They are entitled: Poetry and Writing Forum; Music Forum; Visual Arts and Multimedia Forum; and Arts and Crafts.

Q) I posted a poem last month in Poetry and Writing, and I also posted a photograph a week ago in Visual Arts and Multimedia. Can I re-enter these items in the Eisteddfod?
A) Yes. You may even re-enter items that did not win in a previous Eisteddfod if you wish to do so. It might be nice, however, to include an explanatory paragraph so that readers won't think they're seeing double.

Q) If I didn't enter the competition, can I still vote?
A) You sure can!

Q) What happens to all the poetry and stuff after the Eisteddfod ends?
A) After a week or two, the materials are moved to Historical Eisteddfod Gallery, while the winning entries will be immortalized on the Order's Eisteddfod web site.

Q) None of the competition categories seem to fit what I plan to submit. What do I do now?
A) Send a PM to one of the Creative Bardic Pursuits moderator and they will work with you to see which category can best accommodate your entry.

Q) My poetry stinks, and so does my prose. I also can't seem to keep my thumb out of the picture whenever I take a photograph. And as for musical instruments, I can't even play the radio. How can I improve?
A) Practice, practice, practice, and develop a thick skin. If you don't write regularly, you probably won't be a good writer. If you don't work often with your camera, you probably will never take good photographs. We all like to hear good things about our work, and it is likely that you will receive nice comments when you post to any of the bardic pursuits fora. However, if you want a more objective analysis, when you make a post to any of the Bardic Pursuits fora, just ask readers to provide you with constructive criticism on your work. The OBOD message board is not a school for bardic pursuits. However, we do have accomplished artists who visit the fora, and it could be that some of them will offer sound advice.

Q) What does "Eisteddfod" mean anyway?
A) OBOD's main page has this to say about Eisteddfod: "The origin of the Eisteddfod can be traced to as early as 1176 and the idea of Bardic competitions probably dates much earlier. The word loosely translates 'to be seated,' referring perhaps to both the performers and the audience."

Q) What are all these "entry threads" and "voting threads" I see you writing about? I don't see any such thing in the forum.
A) Be patient. The moderators will introduce the threads to the forum just before the appropriate dates. Update - The voting now takes place at the top of the entry thread. Polls will become available after the entries close and voting is ready to begin. Entries placed in the thread after voting starts will be deleted.

Q) I don't know how to post a photograph. Please help!
A) The instructions for posting a photograph can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24490

Q) Do entries have to have a seasonal theme?
A) No, this is optional. Although the Eisteddfod competitions are organized on a seasonal schedule, there is no requirement that any of the entries have a seasonal theme. Some writers and artists find it helpful to do this, but again, it is not a requirement.

Q) I still don't understand what is meant by "original material?"
A) By "original material," we mean that an entry must have been written, drawn, crafted, designed, painted, cooked or photographed by the person or persons submitting it. The only category in which this rule does not apply is the Performing Arts category, because there the judging is based on an entrant's performance and not on the material being performed. Please note, however, that non-original material being performed should still be properly credited.

Q) May my friends and I enter something as a team?
A) Yes you may, but with one proviso: EACH member of the team must be a registered user of the message board.

Q) Will I be allowed to correct errors in my entry once I've submitted it?
A) The moderators expect each entry to be a completed work. But recognizing that accidents do happen, entrants are allowed to make simple corrections to spelling or grammar. However, wholesale revisions of your material once it has been submitted are not allowed.

Q) NEWEST FAQ: What happened to the golden harps?
A) Gold mining has become increasingly at odds with caring for the earth and its resources, so instead of offering golden harps, the moderators are opting for the more sustainable, environmentally ethical choice of a verbal pat on the back.

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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby malcolmb » 16 Jan 2009, 20:35

Jingle – I would be grateful for your advice. I see from an entry in the Music section of the Eisteddfod that a small MP3 has been added to the entry, I assume as an attachment. I would very much like to do the same for my entry but unfortunately as my music is orchestral and symphonic choral, my MP3s tend to be in the region of 4.5 to 5.0MB. I have tried reducing the size but the sound quality suffers dramatically. Is it alright for me to post my MP3 as an attachment to my entry or should I continue to post it at Soundclick.com and provide the link to the web page?

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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby Jingle » 17 Jan 2009, 03:08

Either way is fine. If you have troubles getting the file to load as an attachment, I'll see if the Admins can increase the limit you can upload for the competition.
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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby CelticHeart » 20 Jun 2009, 15:35

Hello
I would very much like to enter this competition in the visual arts. How do I go about doing this? The picture on my profile is one of my paintings. If you would like to see more I am on deviantart.com. this is the link to my gallery. I am hanging some of my work today at Earth and Sky connection. a multifaith metaphysical store. here is the link also

http://dlighted.deviantart.com/gallery/?
http://www.earthandskyconnection.com/
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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby Andeg Myeengun » 20 Jun 2009, 17:25

Hello
I would very much like to enter this competition in the visual arts. How do I go about doing this?

Wait until the next eisteddfod starts. It should be starting fairly soon now. They usually start sometime on the first week of each (astronomical) season and end on the fire festival. When there is one going on, you just post in the appropriate thread to enter.
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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby GreyDove » 07 Aug 2017, 14:37

Good day,
I am very new to these forums and excited at the opportunities presented, however, I do have some questions please. At the moment the one I am most curious about (other than trying to sort out the confusing "naming" system for these competitions) is in the performing arts category would one be able to submit the recording of a story being told? It doesn't really fit into music and I can't see any indication that there is a specific category for story telling so I wondered? Thank you for any insights, help or tips, any and all are appreciated!
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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby malcolmb » 07 Aug 2017, 15:45

Good day GreyDove

Good question. You may find that your post gets lost as other people post in the Creative Arts section of this forum. I suggest you PM Earthwoman who runs the Eisteddfods who I am sure will provide all the guidance you are seeking (you will find her name on most of the Eisteddfod threads here - just click on her name and you will find the facility to PM her on the Profile page that then opens).

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https://lylemusic.bandcamp.com/

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http://www.soundclick.com/lylemusic
http://www.soundclick.com/malcolmbrown
http://www.youtube.com/user/LyleMusic

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Re: Eisteddfod FAQ

Postby GreyDove » 07 Aug 2017, 16:56

Dear Malcolmb,
Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful reply. Since setting up recording time is a little difficult for me I would like to start to work on possible entries ASAP, so I will take your excellent advice and hope for an answer soon.

Appreciatively,
Grey Dove


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