For women poets over 60

Our annual competition is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.


Merryn Williams and Pat Winslow


Ist – £100      2nd – £50      3rd – £25

All poems will be read by both adjudicators, whose joint decision will be final.

Winning poems will be posted on the website.


Rules of Entry

For women over 60 only. Those who will reach 60 before the end of June 2021 are eligible.

Poems should be up to 40 lines, on any theme, previously unpublished, and not accepted for future publication.

All entries should be typed and on A4 paper, and accompanied by an official entry form.

Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please keep a copy. If you wish an acknowledgement, please enclose sae marked ‘receipt’ with your entry

Poems to be listed on entry form, together with contact details. No personal details on poem page/s please.

No email submission. Poems (2 copies of each please or your entry will be disqualified) accepted by post only, and sent to: Competition 2021, Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 9FE.

Entry forms are available at or by post from address above. Please enclose sae.


Entry Form


download here


Results will be posted on the website by 30th June 2021. Send sae marked ‘results’ with entries if you wish to be notified by post.

£3 per poem or 4 for £10. Cheques payable to Grey Hen Press.

Closing date 30th April 2021