What is River of Words looking for in art and poetry?

Want to know what the River of Words poetry judges are looking for when you submit your work? 

Below, you will find some of the poems that have been selected for publication in previous River of Words Anthologies and some ideas of what River of Words is looking for when we review your work.

River of Words Poetry Anthrology Seeks to create a space to support and magnify the voices of youth poets and artists. 

What are some qualities of strong pieces of art and poetry?

  • Thoughtfully consider ideas, images, language.
  • Are inspiring
  • Create an experience for the reader/viewer
  • Choses carefully and use exciting, surprising or strange combinations. 
  • Have fun with form. 
  • Show your reader something. Paint a picture with your words! or use your art to take the viewer somewhere.
  • Show us what no one what sees: the poem or art should reflect your own unique observations of your surroundings 
  • Since River of Words accepts environmental art and poetry submissions, submissions should address issues the environment, or one's watershed in some way.

What do these qualities look like in action? Take a look at the 2016-17 galleries of previous art and poetry selected for publication in the River of Words Anthology. 

You may want to ask yourself, what do the ideas below mean to me? The answers will be different for many people, though we hope to give you some idea of what we are looking for, we hope you will follow your creativity to its fullest extent to explore and try things you have not done before as you create the poetry and art of environment and place.