Rialto Poetry Magazine

Nature Poetry Competition 2013

The Competition



Thank you for all your entries.

The term ‘Nature Poetry’ will be given a very wide interpretation by the judge. Closing date 30 September 2013.


1st PRIZE £1000
2nd PRIZE £500
3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2014 (worth £540)

Ty Newydd is Wales’ National Writers’ Centre and offers a variety of creative writing courses in the wonderful surroundings of the Lleyn penninsula (www.tynewydd.org). The prize does not include the cost of travel to and from the centre.

ADDITIONAL PRIZE, a personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia.

Mark Cocker is the author of, among other books, Crow Country, Birds Britannica and the forthcoming Birds and People. He writes a regular column for The Guardian. The prize does not include transport to and from Norfolk, or accommodation.

The winning poems will be published in The Rialto, Britain’s leading independent poetry magazine.

Submitting your poems

You can submit up to six poems in one batch, the first poem includes an administration fee. If you wish to submit more than six poems you will need to make a second submission which will include a second submission fee.

Please note we require poems to be sent as either as a Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word .doc or a .docx. Please paste all your poems into one file which you can upload on the submission page after you’ve made your payment. You must retain your Paypal Transaction ID and enter it on the form and fill in all the required fields.

Entry Fees

£6 for your first poem £3 for each subsequent poem.

Enter by clicking the button below.


Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel, celebrated poet, writer and broadcaster, is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and a Council Member for the Zoological Society of London and an Ambassador for New Networks for Nature. Her latest collection, The Mara Crossing, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize, explores human and animal migration in poetry and prose.  She writes and presents BBC Radio 4 ‘Poetry Workshop’.
Ruth will read all the poems entered in the competition.

Competition Rules

  • Closing date of the competition is midnight on September 30th 2013.
  • The Competition is international and open to anyone other than Rialto team members or RSPB staff.
  • 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 on any web-site, 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 addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  • Copyright of each poem remains with the poet but by entering the competition you give The Rialto and the RSPB the right to publish the winning poems both online and in printed media.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.
  • Prizewinners will be notified in writing not later than 20 December 2012. 
The list of prizewinners will be published on The Rialto website.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.


Postal Entries

If you hate the internet or just find the technology and payment system intimidating and would prefer your entry to be on paper in an envelope you can download the leaflet and entry form to print out here.

Poetry Competition 2013 entry form