Nature and Place

POETRY COMPETITION 2020

Poems are invited that deal
with any aspect of nature and place –
these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge

1st prize – £1000  2nd prize – £500  3rd prize – £250
ADDITIONAL PRIZES – A personal tour with Mark Cocker

The Rialto open pamphlet competition 2020

Open for submissions now. The Rialto invites you to enter our 2020 pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published in our award-winning pamphlet series.

IN THE RIALTO

HOME (FOR A MONTH) IN GRASMERE

HOME (FOR A MONTH) IN GRASMERE

In March this year it was my great fortune to stay in Grasmere with the Wordsworth Trust as their poet in residence. The reach of the Trust is huge and I would urge anyone who doesn’t know about them to find out: https://wordsworth.org.uk/ The brief for the residency...

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THE RIALTO 91 – WHAT’S IN IT?

THE RIALTO 91 – WHAT’S IN IT?

So what’s in the new issue of The Rialto when it eventually escapes from the Babylon of the Royal Mail and gets itself delivered? Does it live up to the old Poet Laureate’s remark, back in the 1980’s, about being ‘very full and varied’? I think it does. There’s a good...

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A two poem blog

A two poem blog

Here is one of my favourite poems from the current issue (No. 90), of the magazine. CATFORD CYCLING CLUB RACE THROUGH ASHDOWN FOREST The normal fawn-coloured morning is scored through        with a fast-moving artery of red the jerseys of young bearded men on a...

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Magic in the reeds

Magic in the reeds

Magic in the reeds: A day at Wicken Fen with Professor Nick Davies by Alexandra Davis   “And I …will … Show thee a jay’s nest, and instruct thee how To snare the nimble marmoset. I’ll bring thee To clustering filberts, and sometimes I’ll...

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The Rialto magazine is edited by Michael Mackmin working with Rishi Dastidar, Edward Doegar, Will Harris and Degna Stone, who are graduates of our Editor Development Programme.

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“The Rialto is the poetry magazine to read – publishing poems that are formally inventive and alive to the ‘here and now’ of the world, but always with a commitment to the humane and compassionate qualities I believe the best poetry has. It has led the way in nurturing new talent.”

Hannah Lowe

THE MAGAZINE

The founding editors, Michael among them, believed in a ‘Republic of Poetry’, an inclusive and diverse world of poetry, one that was open to experiment in form and content. We strive to keep this vision alive.

The magazine appears three times a year and each issue, with its spacious A4 pages, has fifty or so poems, an editorial and occasional, commissioned, prose pieces. Most of the space is occupied by the best new poems we can find, all wrapped up in our famously vibrant beautiful covers.

The Rialto has been called ‘Simply the best’ by Carol Ann Duffy and ‘A terrific magazine’ by Seamus Heaney.

BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS

At the start of the new millennium The Rialto published a short run of first collections. In 2005 we turned our energy to publishing pamphlets and began our Bridge Pamphlets list. These have so far been by poets who we’ve asked to submit work, but this year we intend opening out the opportunity to have a pamphlet published. Do not submit yet, but do watch the website for an announcement. Oh, and we  haven’t forgotten about first collections – we launched Dean Parkin’s The Swan Machine at last autumn’s Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

Laura Scott’s pamphlet What I Saw won the Michael Marks Award in 2014, and three of the early first collections were winners of major awards.

“The magazine is consistently one of, if not the best spotter of emerging talent in the UK – as a writer you know that you have arrived if one of your poems goes in. It’s more than an imprimatur of quality – it’s a rite of passage.”

Rishi Dastidar

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POEMS IN THE RIALTO

The purpose of this section of the site is to allow us to showcase or preview poems in our publications.
We hope to invite writers of the poems to respond and give their view of the work.

Home by Neetha Kunaratnam

Home by Neetha Kunaratnam

HOME by Neetha Kunaratnam June 23, 2016   I Go Home. We voted leave… Her indignant jaw trembled as she seethed, and the deadpan response I might have mustered froze on my lips, as she brandished a crumpled flyer and unleashed its litany of stats. I’m going I said and...

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TO DAVID FOSTER WALLACE  by Ben Wilkinson

TO DAVID FOSTER WALLACE by Ben Wilkinson

[See end of post for image credit] To David Foster Wallace   by Ben Wilkinson Since I was old enough to know myself I’ve been trying to figure it out – the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing, like half the time I’d chuck it all in; throw...

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Dragged Under  by Ian Humphreys

Dragged Under by Ian Humphreys

DRAGGED UNDER   by Ian Humphreys So many wet shaves in a lifetime. How many thousands and thousands?  So many .............rituals at dawn’s bleached-bone altar, a falter of sharpened steel on skin. So much water               feel it slide .............through your...

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A WITNESS   by Amy Carrington

A WITNESS by Amy Carrington

A WITNESS   by Amy Carrington I've been watching the letterbox, I've been watching her at the letterbox. Her arm is stuck in the rectangle, but not stuck getting out she can't seem to get it any farther in. A gloss-eyed pot fox peers through the doily curtain with me,...

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THE BLOG

HOME (FOR A MONTH) IN GRASMERE

HOME (FOR A MONTH) IN GRASMERE

In March this year it was my great fortune to stay in Grasmere with the Wordsworth Trust as their poet in residence. The reach of the Trust is huge and I would urge anyone who doesn’t know about them to find out: https://wordsworth.org.uk/ The brief for the residency...

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The Rialto Pamphlet Competition Result

The Rialto Pamphlet Competition Result

The following, in no particular order, are the shortlisted poets and pamphlets William Stephenson ‘The Butterfly Factory’ Rachael Matthews ‘Naming Boats’ Anita Pati ‘Dodo Provocateur’ Kat Dixon ‘Letters to Ex-Lovers I Will Never Send’ Patrick Davidson Roberts ‘The...

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Shortlist for the Pamphlet Prize announced

Shortlist for the Pamphlet Prize announced

We are very pleased to announce Richard Scott’s Shortlist for our The Rialto Pamphlet Prize. The Shortlisted titles are, in no particular order, My Mother's Extraordinary Hair The Butterfly Factory Nude Against A Rock Naming Boats Dodo Provocateur Letters to ex lovers...

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An invitation.

An invitation.

THE RIALTO READING at the NATIONAL CENTRE FOR WRITING We invite you to a Poetry Reading to be held in the Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich on Thursday October 11th., from 7 until 9 p.m. Doors open at 7, join us for a glass of juice or wine, buy our books,...

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