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The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition supports conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.


1st PRIZE £1000
2nd PRIZE £500
3rd PRIZE £250

Our judge iscelebrated poet, Ian McMillan.

Ian McMillan is a writer and broadcaster who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night. He’s written poems, plays, a verse autobiography Talking Myself Home and a voyage round Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat. His new book with Bloomsbury is My Sand Life, My Pebble Life a memoir of a childhood and the sea (pub.9 June 2022). Ian’s most recent collection is To Fold The Evening Star – New and Selected Poems (Carcanet).

The entry fee is £7 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem.

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Ian McMillan at CCI in July 2023.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website.