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The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021

Closing Date March 1st 2021

The Rialto working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Poems have invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Daljit Nagra.


1st prize – £1000 2nd prize – £500 3rd prize – £250


A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen the location of his long term research studies of cuckoos.

Competition rules

  • Closing date of the Competition is midnight on March 1 2021.

  • The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, other than Rialto team members and staff of the RSPB, CCI and UK staff of BirdLife International.

  • Poems must have a title and must be no more than 40 lines, excluding the title, and be typed in black ink on one side of A4.

  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published or published online or broadcast. Poems are judged anonymously so the poet’s name address etc., MUST NOT appear on the poem.

  • Poems must be written in English.

  • No corrections can be made to poems entered, nor can fees be refunded.

  • Entries cannot be returned.

  • If you require confirmation that your postal entry has arrived please enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgement’.

  • Copyright of each poem remains with the poet, but by entering the competition you give the organisers the right to publish the winning poems both online and in printed media.

  • The judge’s decision is final and neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.

  • Prizewinners will be notified in April, and lists of the prizewinners and the long-listed contestants will be published on The Rialto website.

  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judge without notice and not to award prizes if in the judge’s opinion such an action is justified.


You can submit up to six poems in one batch, the entry fee for the first poem is £7 and includes an administration fee, the fee for each subsequent poem in the batch is £4.

If entering more than 1 poem, please load your poems as separate files and pay the appropriate fee.

If you wish to submit more than six poems you will need to make a second submission which will include a second administration fee.

Please note they require poems to be sent as either as an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word .doc or a .docx. Please retain all emails from Submittable regarding your submission and transaction.



VIA SUBMITTABLE £7 for your first poem £4 for each subsequent poem.


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