River of Words Contest

Our free, annual, international youth poetry and art contest — the largest in the world — inspires students ages 5 to 19 to translate their observations into creative expression.

2022 River of Words Contest

The online submission portal is now closed. Entries were due on December 1, 2021. Residents of Georgia and Arizona must submit by February 1, 2022 through the state program. Please email rowinfo@stmarys-ca.edu if you have questions.

Polar bear in Arctic sea surrounded by ice floats. Glaciers can be seen in the background.Promoting Environmental Literacy through the Arts and Cultural Exchange

River of Words® (ROW) is a program of The Center for Environmental Literacy and a part of the Kalmanovitz School of Education. Acknowledged pioneers in the field of place-based education, River of Words has been inspiring educators and their students for over twenty five years with an innovative blend of science and the arts.

River of Words is its own watershed: a linked network of people throughout the United States and the world who are committed to teaching the art and poetry of place to young people. Since 1995, River of Words has encouraged young people to explore and savor the watersheds where they live and trained educators to guide them with inspiration and passion. Through professional development and other educational services, traveling exhibits, publications and community programs, ROW reaches thousands of educators and young people around the world.