Rhyme for a reason

To celebrate 40 years of Friends of the Earth, Rutland Friends of the Earth is hosting 'Earth Words', a poetry and illustration competition, with the theme of 'being friends with our Earth'.

With celebrity judges including broadcaster Clive Anderson, award-winning poet Gillian Clarke and comedy writer Jon Canter, it's a great opportunity to get creative and get published.

There are cash prizes reaching £150, and the best entries will feature in a celebratory book of poems, which will also include artwork and photography. The anthology will open with a poem by bestselling poet Brian Patten.

The deadline is 30 June 2012, so there's plenty of time to get your entries in.


Adult section
  • First prize: £150
  • Second prize: £50
  • Third prize: £25
Child section (under 16)
  • First prize: £20
  • Second prize: £10
  • Third prize: £5

How to enter

You may submit as many entries as you like. Poems should not be more than 40 lines in length and must be typewritten or submitted electronically.
Entries cost £3 for adults (or £10 for 4 submissions) and £1 for children (or £3 for 4 submissions). Please make cheques payable to Rutland Friends of the Earth.
Please don't put your name or address on the poems. Instead, include a separate piece of paper with your name, address, telephone number, email address and the title of the poem(s) you are submitting. Poems cannot be returned so please don't send your only copy.

Postal entries

Postal entries should be sent to Friends of the Earth Poetry Competition, 3 The Jetty, Wing, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8RX. If you want to have your artwork returned to you, include a stamped addressed envelope.

Email entries

To enter by email, just send your entry to, accompanied by a postal payment.

The small print

Copyright of each poem/artwork remains with the author. Rutland Friends of the Earth has the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems in an anthology and on its website, and on related material for public relations or publicity purposes.
For more information email