The Rialto is one of those literary magazines that poets strive to get into, it’s the writer’s equivalent of the Royal Albert Hall. You know you’ve made it, if only for a season, if they accept your work. And they have a pamphlet competition which anyone can enter, all you need is about twenty (perfect) poems. I had some notion of entering this year, but the deadline is looming and I still don’t have enough work that’s good enough. Maybe next year. But you, you may very well have just the right number of finished poems, so why not give it a go, you have nothing to lose but a little bit of time and the entrance fee of £22? 


The Rialto invites you to enter our 2018 pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published in our award-winning pamphlet series.


Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback. The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in The Rialto. All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on our website.

Deadline: Monday 31 December 2018

Judge: Richard Scott

I have been meaning to do a post on this for about two months, but it kept getting sidelined by other things, so apologies for that. You still have time. I copied both the header image and the information above straight from their website as a taster, but to find out more here’s the link to the rest: ta da! 

Published by Eryl Gasper Dick

I am an artist and writer living in southwest Scotland. I freelance as a Literature Ambassador (for Wigtown Festival Co. who run the Scottish Book Town); as a creative writing teacher; and a content provider, populating people's websites and marketing materials with perfectly honed, clear sentences. When I'm not gadding about supporting writers, lit events, businesses, and students I write fiction, non-fiction, and the odd poem. I avidly believe that creativity is the answer to the problem.

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      1. I do play with paint a little, and am very fond of oils for their slow drying time and the smell of turps, which I love! But I don’t have the time to properly work things out. Sometimes I wish I didn’t need to sleep so I could do all my writing and writing related stuff at night, and paint during the day when the light’s good.

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