This year’s competition was another great entry – well over 400 poems giving the judges a lot to ponder. It’s encouraging to see how many women over 60 are still going strong, and are so committed to poetry.

The proceeds as usual will go towards the next Grey Hen publication. Many thanks to everyone who entered, and many congratulations to the winners and runners-up

Joy Howard


First Prize

Army Blanket

Kerry Darbishire (read poem)


Second Prize

Number 25

Chris Considine (read poem)


Third Prize

The Ticking Pulse

Mary Dingee Fillmore (read poem)


Short List (in alphabetical order)

Elsa Fischer – Man Striding

Cora Greenhill – Natural History

Judith Kellgren – Mountain

Judith Kellgren – Australia

Wendy Klein – Things Left Behind

Gill Learner – The Lovekin Pedigree

Maxine Linnell – Bat Night

Jo Peters – The Psalm of those who Tend the Fields

Margaret Wilmot – Not Like This

Sue Wilsea – Vespers

View the Judges’ Report