Many thanks as ever to the large numbers of women poets over 60 who sent in and especially to those who regularly support the competition. It’s very encouraging to see how interest there is (and how much talent) out there. As usual, all the proceeds will go towards funding the next anthology – which I hope will be out later this year.

Joy Howard



First Prize:     Jo Peters     Hurdle-maker (read poem)

Second Prize:     Suzy Miles     What Price a Diamond (read poem)

Third Prize:     Sarah Macleod     Lang Lang’s Piano Tuner (read poem)


Short List (in alphabetical order)

Ann Alexander Even though we don’t believe any more

Fran Baillie   Game

Sara Davis   Remembering Gay

Sue Forrester At Heaven’s Gate

Sarah Macleod To a fox, on becoming a rich lady’s tippet

Jenny Morris   Makeshift

AF Paterson   When the Farm Sold

Miriam Patrick Eclogue: Manchester 21

Dragonfly Elisabeth Rowe

Cathy Whittaker Stefan’s Confession

View the Judges’ Report