River of Words' free, annual, international youth art and poetry contest — the largest in the world — inspires children ages 5 to 19 to translate their observations into creative expression.

Visit our Art and Poetry Galleries to view and purchase the 2012 winner and finalists' amazing artwork.

You can also join us for the 2012 Youth Creativity Awards in April--East & West Coast Ceremonies!   Find out more from our News & Events Page.


Memory of Houbai River in Beijing

Bill He Li, age 16

Bayside Hills, New York

© 2012 River of Words Grand Prize

The 2012 River of Words Youth Creativity Award Winners include:

International Art Prize              
Rohullah Hassani Age 16 Quetta, Pakistan (Afghan refugee)  
Poetry Grand Prizes
Blakely Berryhill Age  7 Vestavia Hills, Alabama Category I: Grades K-2
Xavier Mendoza Age 9 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Category II: Grades 3-6 
Pi’ikea Lopes Age 12 Honolulu, Hawaii Category III: Grades 7-9 
Cathy Guo Age 15 Madison, Connecticut Category IV: Grades 10-12
Art Grand Prizes
Kristina Yu Age 6 Suwanee, Georgia Category I: Grades K-2 
Jack Colin Robertson Age 8 Cumming, Georgia Category II: Grades 3-6
Morgan Rozek Age 13 Madison, Alabama Category III: Grades 7-9
Bill He Li Age 16 Bayside Hills, New York Category IV: Grades 10-12
Special Prizes
Mitchell Oberfoell Age 8 West Des Moines, Iowa Monkey's Raincoat Haiku Prize
Allison Chang Age 15 Sunnyvale, California Shasta Bioregion Prize
Julian Dixon Age 11 Washington, D.C. Anacostia Watershed Prize
Teacher of the Year
Harriet Maher Lafayette Parish School System Lafayette, Louisiana
2012 Finalists hail from: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Australia, Canada, Chile and the Philippines.

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