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Nature and Place Poetry Competition (Deadline: April 1)

The Rialto working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and The University of Leeds Poetry Centre present the Nature and Place Poetry Competition.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place, terms that will be given a wide interpretation by judge Zaffar Kunial. The deadline to submit is April 1, 2024.


1st prize – £1,000
2nd prize – £500
3rd prize – £250


Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He is a recipient of Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize and his first poetry collection, Us, published by Faber & Faber in 2018 appeared on a number of shortlists including the Costa Poetry Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His second collection, England’s Green, was The Times Poetry Book of the Year and was placed 2nd in the Laurel Prize for environmental or nature poetry.

Submitting your poems

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

If entering more than one 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.

Competition Rules

  • Closing date of the Competition is midnight on April 1, 2024.
  • The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, other than Rialto team members and staff of the RSPB, CCI, BirdLife International (UK staff), and the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.
  • 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, and other identifying information 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.
  • Prize winners will be notified in May and lists of the prize winners 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 to not award prizes if in the judge’s opinion such an action is justified.

There are a limited number of free entries available for writers on low or supported incomes. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and will cover the submission of up to two poems. To enter, please email your work to Entries will be anonymized and entered into the Submittable system.

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

Enter here using Submittable.

If you have any queries regarding the competition, please contact