Contest Entry Forms and Rules in English

Ready, Set, Create! See below for our Student and Facilitator forms in English. 

2019 Paper Contest Forms

NEW!  Submit your poems online. (Individual entries only)


  1. The contest is open to K through 12th grade enrolled students, ages 5-19. Youth older than 19 who are still enrolled in high school are eligible.
  2. Youth may enter the contest as many times as they like. Teachers/Facilitators should submit all the Group entries from their classes together. Every group entry MUST include a Facilitator Form (completed by the facilitator) and a class list. Please note: Students names only need to be posted on the list once, even if the student submits multiple entries. Class lists also do not need to be split into art and poetry sections.
  3. All entrants will be acknowledged with a Watershed Explorer Certificate.
  4. All poems must be original work. Physical poetry submissions must be either typed or legibly written in ink (not pencil) and mailed with a completed Paper Entry Form. One Paper Entry Form per poem. When mailed, poems and their Paper Entry Forms should be attached back-to-back, glued, taped or printed double sided. No staples or paperclips. ASL poetry must be submitted on DVD and mailed. Poems should not exceed 32 lines in length (written) or 3 minutes (signed). For ASL poetry, please include a brief written summary of the poem’s content, and glue or staple this summary to your entry form. Collaborative poems are accepted, but only one child (chosen as the group representative) will be eligible for any prizes awarded.  We are able to accept poems only in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.
  5. All artwork must be original work. Artwork should not exceed 11” by 17” in size-no exceptions. Acceptable media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk or pastel (fixed), photography, cloth, collage and computer art. (Photo entries must be at least 8x10 inches.) All art entries must be mailed. All entries must have the student’s name, school, city and state on the back — do not use a marker or anything that will show through! A completed Paper Entry Form or Email Confirmation of a Online Entry Form must also be affixed to the back of each piece of artwork with glue or tape (be careful not to damage the artwork) — do not use paperclips or staples! We do not accept color copies—all entries must be original work.
  6. Art entries must be done on paper that will allow for duplication, display or framing. Please, no notebook or typing paper, and do not mat, mount, laminate, frame or fold artwork. Entries must be mailed flat or rolled in a tube — no folding, please!
  7. Submissions become property of River of Words. Through submission of poetry or artwork, contestants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted which will not be returned.
  8. DEADLINE: All U.S. entries must be postmarked by December 1. International entries must be received by February 1. We are not responsible for entries that are late or lost in the mail. Entries received after the deadline will be automatically entered in next year’s contest.
  9. Winners will be announced in April of each year.* Winners must sign an acceptance form.

*River of Words reserves the right to not award a Grand Prize winner in any given category if no entry merits such designation.