The 2017 winners have been announced!  Click here for the full list.

Watch a short video that includes a brief interview with Marnie Lansdown and SETH, a Denver poet, at the Denver Water Kids Water Festival on May 17.

Watch our Rocky Mountain PBS PSA featuring 2014 winner, Solomon Valore-Caplan, 2016 River of Words poetry winners reading at the Student Literary Awards May 11, 2016, and see a medley of 2016 art winners.

River of Words is a poetry and art competition for students in grades K-12, implemented by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book in affiliation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, on the theme of watersheds and the environment designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover in poetry and visual art.

Winners are published in the annual Student Literary Awards Anthology and receive cash prizes at the annual Student Literary Awards ceremony in Denver.

Students throughout Colorado are encouraged to enter.  Entry is free for students and a free curriculum is available for teachers.

Deadline for the competition is December 1 each year.

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Download contest information and student entry forms.

View the River of Words Informational Video

Teaching the Poetry of Rivers Curriculum (for teachers, parents & grandparents)

Purchase the Student Literary Awards Anthology


For more information contact Marnie Lansdown, 303.894.7951 x18, Fax 303.864.9361,