:River of Words:
Coordinated jointly in Georgia by the Georgia Center for the Book and Georgia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), a program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, River of Words is an international poetry and art competition for student in grades K-12. Students are invited to create visual art or poetry that shows an understanding and appreciation of Georgia’s natural environment, and humanity’s impact on our shared landscape and watershed.
More than 200,000 entries have been submitted since the program began in 1997. Each year, thousands of students participate in Georgia, and for many years, Georgia boasts the highest participation of any state. Entries are judged on a state and national level. Georgia is very proud of our history of students named National Grand Prize Winners and Finalists in both Poetry and Art.
We are also pleased that Lyndrid Patterson, of the Da Vinci Academy; Gainesville, Georgia, was named Teacher of the Year in 2018.
Entry deadline for individual and group entries is February 1 of each calendar year. Entry forms and guidelines can be found here. To schedule a tour stop at your local school or library, please email Zachary Steele, River Of Words Tour Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tour stops are scheduled a year in advance.