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Planet in Peril

There has never been a more critical moment in this planet’s history. Ecosystems and species stand upon the precipice of extinction and await human action. Spurred by the urgency of the situation, Fly on the Wall Press has teamed up with WWF, The Climate Coalition, Dr Michelle Cain (Oxford University), former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Helen Mort, and wildlife photographer, Emily Gellard, to create an anthology for our future. 

Planet in Peril will combine beautiful photography of endangered species and delicate ecosystems, with poetry designed to increase public awareness of the complex issues surrounding climate change.

Photography and poetry alike will reflect the damage already done to our planet and the urgency of the call to action, while the stark realities will be factually laid out with the support of Dr Cain. Fly on the Wall Press will welcome poetry submissions which explore personal connections to the planet and reflections on the damage inflicted on it by humanity. 

​Please enter in three categories:

  • 18 and Under: free entry
  • Student and Low wage earners: £3 per entry
  • Adult Poets: £5 per entry

First Prize: £50
Poems will also place in categories: Highly Commended and Commended. All commended poems will be published in an anthology Planet in Peril, a beautifully printed A4 hardback of glossy photography and high quality poetry and contributors will receive a free copy.

There will be 20 spaces reserved for poets under the age of 18. Please state your age if you do fall into this category.

They are looking for poetry which explores a personal connection to the planet and which brings to life the amazing ecosystems around the world. Explore the beauty of our coral reefs, our rainforests and our deserts. Explore the devastation of our oceans by plastic pollution, our endangered animals and the human disasters spurred on by climate change. 

​Unpublished work is preferred but if submitting previously published poems, please do make sure to credit their original publication.