Art & Poetry Contest

Nature has been the greatest source of inspiration for artists and poets since humans began drawing on the walls of caves and singing sagas. 

Yet despite its importance, environmental and arts education is marginalized in the United States. This sorry scenario is increasingly true in other countries as well.

River of Words was founded to give new life to the teaching of art and poetry through watershed exploration. Our innovative Watershed Explorer Educator's Guide brings together sketching and botany, nature journaling and poetry writing. Students who participate are encouraged to submit their work to our free international art and poetry contest, held annually since 1995 in conjunction with the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress.

Contest Rules and Form in English

Contest Rules and Form in Spanish 


  • US entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2017.
  • International entries must be received by February 1, 2017.

Entry Forms & River of Words Classroom Poster (2017 poster coming soon)

You can now submit your poems online. (Individual entries only)

Individual Entry Form 
Facilitator Entry Form  (Facilitator forms must accompany group entries)
Group Entry Form

Individual Entry Form (Spanish)
Facilitator Form (Spanish)
 (Formas para facilitadores tienen que acompañar entradas del grupo) 
Group Entry Form (Spanish) 

Mail entries to:
River of Words
1928 Saint Mary's Road PMB 5060
Moraga, CA 94575