This year’s competition was another great entry – well over 400 poems giving the judges the usual really difficult task of selecting only three prize winners. Indeed they decided to nominate three poems as Highly Commended (this is a first for the competition) as an indication of exactly how hard it was. Many thanks to everyone who entered, and many congratulations to the winners and runners-up.

NB Winning poems and the judges’ report will be posted on this page very soon – some of the poets concerned are away on holiday and so unable to make the necessary checks.

Joy Howard


First Prize

The Wide Field

Maria Jastrzᶒbska (read poem)


Second Prize

A Job To Do

Gill Learner (read poem)


Third Prize


Elsa Fischer (read poem)


Highly Commended

Later Gill Nicholson

Thin Air Elisabeth Rowe

Peggy Eveline Pye


Also Shortlisted

Material Differences Helen Matthews

Screen Pat Borthwick

Life Story in Eight Sentences Diane Jackman

Owl Woman Caroline Carver

A Meissen Serving Boy Remembers Gill Learner

Lord Randal Redux: the Back Story Janice Soderling

Quiet Things Janice Soderling

View the Judges’ Report