Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021

The Rialto is accepting entries for Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021!!

Poetry lets us get out our feelings and thoughts on a subject while reading it encourages us to connect and find meaning in our experiences. It can leave a positive impact on our social and emotional learning while offering a new way of thinking about something. The Rialto working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative has arranged Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Daljit Nagra.

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Entry fees

  • £7 for your first poem
  • £4 for each subsequent poem


  • 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.
  • The prize does not include the cost of travel or accommodation.


  • 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 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 organizers the right to publish the winning poems both online and in printed media.
  • The judge’s decision is final and neither they nor the organizers 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 organizers 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.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • 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.
  • 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 the poems are required to be sent as either as a Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word .doc or a .docx. Please retain all emails from Submittable regarding your submission and transaction.
  • There are a limited number of free entries available for writers on low incomes. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and will cover the submission of up to two poems. To qualify, you should be in receipt in one or more of the following: Universal Credit, or any of the benefits that it is replacing, DLA (or PIP), Council Tax Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, or international equivalents. To enter, please email your poem to [email protected] along with a scan of a recent letter proving your eligibility. Entries will be anonymized and entered into the Submittable system.

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 (2 Days Remaining)

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