River of Words Contest

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

2022 River of Words Contest

New! All entries to our 2022 ROW contest will be accepted online only. In order to be more in line with our environmental mission, we will no longer accept physical submissions entries and paper entry forms to decrease our carbon footprint. We will launch our online submission tool soon. US entries (Georgia and Arizona excluded) must be submitted by December 1, 2021. International entries must be submitted by February 1, 2022. 

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

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.