Jemma Borg wins Rialto

Rialto Poetry Competition 2017

Kathleen Jamie has chosen her winners of the Nature and Place Poetry Competition organised by The Rialto, with Poetry Society Member Jemma Borg coming out on top. In 2016, Jane won The Stare’s Nest’s Fledgling Award, was longlisted for the Winchester Poetry Prize, and was a finalist in Mslexia‘s poetry competition.

Fellow Poetry Society Member Martin Figura was second. Martin is a former winner of The Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize for best poem in Poetry News

Other Poetry Society Members fared well too, with an additional prize going to Sue Norton, and Ellie Rees and Jane McCarthy Wilkinson being Highly Commended.  

The Results:

1st Prize of £1000 – ‘Marsh thistle’ by Jemma Borg

2nd Prize of £500 – ‘Harold Wilson Rows Towards Bishop Rock’ by Martin Figura

3rd Prize of A place on a creative writing course at Ty Newydd– ‘Habitats’ by Polly Atkin

Additional Prize of a personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wildlife places in East Anglia – ‘Have I already told you this?’ by Sophie F Baker

Additional Prize of a personal tour with Nick Davies of Wicken Fen – ‘The Golden Panamanian Frog Waves To Us’ by Sue Norton

The five prize winning poems will be published in issue 89 of The Rialto.

Kathleen also selected six highly commended poems:

‘This Year’ by Ellie Rees

‘White death spider’ by Jane McCarthy Wilkinson

‘An Argument with the Town Clerk’ by Sally St Clair

‘Ligns’ by Jamie Thorp

‘A Wilding’ by Sean Lysaght

‘Some Thank You’ by Christine Lowther

Kathleen Jamie and the prize winners will be reading their poems at CCI in Cambridge on Thursday 15th June. Full details and a link to buy tickets will be announced shortly

Read more, including the longlisted poets

27 April 2017