Comments and commendations from the judge, Carol Ann Duffy

A hauntingly strange and beautiful poem, delicate, sensual and full of memorable phrases. This is the work of a gifted poet.

Things You Have Slaughtered
This informal sonnet continues to expand in the mind, combining an intensity of place and loss in the 'fluid song' of the blackbird.

The wheatear, the English ortolan
Graceful couplets focussed on landscape and history which resolve into a stunning final image.

Highly commended:

Moss by Natalie Whittaker
Half-life by Patrick James Errington
Children at Your Feet by Marie Naughton
Elizabeth 1 at fourteen by Julia Deakin
The Woman who Married the Internet by Rachel Plummer