Student Nature Writing Contest – River of Words

Posted November 16, 2012 & filed under Notebook.


What: Environmental Poetry and Art Contest

Who: Young People ages 5 – 19 who have not yet completed high school

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked by December 1st, 2012

Cost: FREE!

Prizes: YES! See site for details.

Where to Send: River of Words Contest • PO Box 4000-J • Berkeley, CA 94704 • USA

For application forms and complete information, click here.

Nature Writing Contest for Kids

Posted September 20, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

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2010 River of Words Watershed Art & Poetry Contest

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Each year, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of WATERSHEDS. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover.

The contest is open to any child in the world, from 5-19 years of age. Older students must have not yet completed high school. There is no charge to enter. (See entry form.)

Students may enter on their own, or as part of a group (classroom, Girl Scout troop, 4-H, etc.). All entrants are receive acknowledgment in the form of a “Watershed Explorer” certificate. (See complete rules.)

Poetry submissions are judged by River of Words co-founders Robert Hass, who served as US Poet Laureate from 1995-1997, and writer Pamela Michael. Art entries are judged by children’s book writer and illustrator, Thacher Hurd.

About 100 poems and artworks from both US and international entries are selected as finalists each year. All winners receive ribbons, books and/or art supplies, t-shirts and other prizes.

Eight Grand Prize winners—four in poetry and four in art, in four different age categories—are chosen from the US entries.

Category I — Kindergarten-Grade 2

Category II — Grades 3-6

Category III — Grades 7-9

Category IV — Grades 10-12

We also award an International Prize each year to a student from outside the United States. The International Prize may be awarded for either poetry or art.

In addition, RoW and The Library of Congress Center for the Book honor two students who live in our respective watersheds: River of Words´ Shasta Bioregion Prize and The Library of Congress´ Anacostia Watershed Prize. The winning works may be either poetry or art.

Winners are announced each April at a gala event at the San Francisco Library. The Grand Prize and International winners win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the RoW Award Ceremony at The Library of Congress.

For more information click here.

Writing Contest for Kids: River of Words

Posted February 5, 2008 & filed under Notebook.


River of Words sponsors an environmental writing contest each year. Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition. Your entry should be either art or poetry that addresses the topic of watersheds. If you’d like to enter the contest, make sure your envelope is postmarked and mailed by Feb. 15, 2008. Here’s the address:

River of Words
PO Box 4000-J
Berkeley, CA 94704

There is no fee to enter this contest, and the winners will be published. Before sending in your submission, make sure you read the rules and print out the application form from the River of Words website.

(art = “Two Ducks in the Rain” by Erin Tilley, age 6)