River of Words Entry



The 2024 River of Words contest has closed!

Thank you for your participation in this year's competition! Please stay tuned for the 2024 judging results to be posted on our website and social media in the late spring.


1. Please review the 2024 contest rules. 


2. Submit an Entry through the JotForm Portal: Click Here to Submit an Entry!

For more specific details please look under the "2024 Contest Rules" down below


3. Parental Permission forms only need to be submitted when teachers are submitting on behalf of their students.

JotForm Portal: Click Here to Submit an Entry!

2024 Parental Permission Form: 2024 Parental Permission PDF Document.pdf



2024 Contest Rules

Please read the detailed instructions to our new submission process as many things have changed since last year.

1. All submissions are due by February 29, 2024 at 11:59pm PST after which the submission portal will close and no late submissions will be accepted for any reason. Winners will be announced in early April 2024. If you are a resident in Georgia or Arizona, please refer to the competition deadlines for your state's competition.

2. The contest is open to K–12th grade students, ages 5–19. Students must be enrolled in a school or homeschool program to be eligible. All entries must be submitted by a parent, guardian, educator, or facilitator unless the student is 18 years old or older.

3. Participants may submit up to 5 entries for poetry and 5 entries for art (total of up to 10 entries). If more than 5 entries are submitted, we will only accept the first 5 as is. If multiple files or pieces of artwork are being submitted, then this form must be filled out once per submission. 

4. All poems must be original work. Poem documents/PDFs cannot include names, ages, or any other personal information. 

5. 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.

6. Collaborative poems and artwork are accepted, but only one student (chosen as the group representative) will be eligible for any prizes awarded.

7. At this time, we are able to accept poems only in English and Spanish.

8. We are going back to mail-in art submissions. Mailed-in art submissions need to include a printed Jotform confirmation when sent in AND still need to submit their information through Jotform. Art must be mailed in order to be considered for the 2024 competition regardless of medium. If the art is a digital piece, please have it printed. Art will not be returned to the artist.  

9. All artwork must be original work. Acceptable media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk or pastel (fixed), photography, cloth, collage, and computer art.

10. Revisions will not be accepted. Please make sure your work is completed before submitting to the portal.

11. By submitting work of any kind to River of Words, you are granting, on behalf of yourself and the student, to River of Words all rights in the work, including but not limited to the right to publish, reproduce, perform, distribute and to include the work in the River of Words annual anthology, on River of Words websites, or in any other publications deemed appropriate by River of Words. Works submitted to River of Words cannot be submitted for other publications or competitions.

12. Teacher and group submissions will only be accepted through the Jotform portal. We no longer accept submissions via Google or Dropbox. There is a new parent/guardian permission form. Old parental permission forms will not be accepted.  Please upload the signed 2024 Parental Permission PDF Document to the Jotform portal when submitting. 


13. Questions and concerns can be emailed to rowinfo@stmarys-ca.edu.