[library-media] River of Words 2009 Contest for Children Ages 5-19
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Thu Aug 27 07:35:08 MDT 2009
River of Words 2009 Contest Information
Each year, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the
Book, Riverof Wordsconducts a free international poetry and art contest
for youth on the theme of WATERSHEDS. The contest is designed to help
youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live,
and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover.
The contest is open to any child in the world, from 5-19 years of age.
Older students must have not yet completed high school. There is no
charge to enter.
Students may enter on their own, or as part of a group (classroom, Girl
Scout troop, 4-H, etc.). All entrants receive acknowledgment in the form
of a "Watershed Explorer" certificate.
Poetry submissions are judged by Riverof Words co-founders Robert Hass,
who served as US Poet Laureate from 1995-1997, and writer Pamela
Michael. Art entries are judged by children's book writer and
illustrator, Thacher Hurd.
About 100 poems and artworks from both US and international entries are
selected as finalists each year. All winners receive ribbons, books
and/or art supplies, t-shirts and other prizes.
Eight Grand Prize winners—four in poetry and four in art, in four
different age categories—are chosen from the US entries.
Category I — Kindergarten-Grade 2
Category II — Grades 3-6
Category III — Grades 7-9
Category IV — Grades 10-12
Winners are announced each April at a gala event at the San Francisco
Library. The Grand Prize winners win an all-expense paid trip to
Washington, DC to attend the Riverof Words Award Ceremony at The Library
Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009
For more information and entry forms go to www.riverofwords.org (
IMPORTANT: On October 3, 2009, the Utah Center for the Book is hosting
a one-day workshop in Salt Lake City with Pamela Michaels, Executive
Director and co-founder of River of Words. This educator training is
specially designed for classroom teachers, student teachers, 4-H, Scout
leaders, librarians and others wishing to learn how to work together,
often across disciplinary lines, utilizing a curriculum that integrates
outdoor observation, investigation and journeying with core subjects
like English, math, science and social studies, as well as the arts. To
Utah Center for the Book
gmcculloch at slcpl.org
For more information on Pamela Michaels:
For teacher resources:
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