The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Pascale Petit at CCI in September 2020.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st May 2020.

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


A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Pascale Petit.

Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2018 – the first time a poetry book won this prize for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry best evoking the spirit of a place. It was also shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her eighth collection, Tiger Girl, due from Bloodaxe in 2020, won a Royal Society of Literature ‘Literature Matters’ Award while in progress. Four of her earlier collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Petit is a recipient of a Cholmondeley Award and in 2018 was elected as an RSL Fellow.

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

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

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