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We have now received the results of the Nature Poetry Competition back from Simon Armitage and are delighted to announce that the winners are:

1st Prize of £1000 – ‘The Cow-Pat’ by Nigel Prentice

2nd Prize of £500 – ‘Gulls’ Bones’ by Jerome Luc Martin

3rd Prize of A place on a creative writing course at Ty Newydd– ‘Nightjars’ by Bruce Barnes

Additional Prize of a personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wildlife places in East Anglia – ‘The Jar of Sleep’ by Patricia Wooldridge

The four prize winning poems will be published in the next issue of The Rialto.


Simon also selected seven highly commended poems:

‘Oriental Poppies’ by Frances Field

‘To a Grey Seal’ by Martin Figura

‘Otmoor’ by David Attwooll

‘Aphid’ by Giles Goodland

‘On a Woodblock Prepared for Engraving’ by Judy Brown

‘Feeding a young Crow too soon from the Nest’ by Michael Murray

‘Pinioned’ by John Foggin

We have been greatly heartened once again by the wonderful response to the competition. It really is a special thing, making a difference to nature and poetry. Many thanks to Simon, Ty Newydd and Mark Cocker for their generosity in working with us and indeed to all of you who entered.

To view the long list please click here.