We welcome submissions of original writing, art, and photography from students who love their rivers!
We accept submissions year-round on a rolling basis.
NEW Deadline for the 2018 anthology: EARTH DAY, April 22, 2018.
Since Earth Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will accept submissions on the following school day (Mon., April 23) until 5 p.m. Submissions postmarked after April 23, 2018 will automatically be entered for the 2019 edition.
Due to the later submission deadline, we will be notifying students of the status of their submission's acceptance in the summer of 2018. We anticipate releasing the new anthology in August/September 2018.
Pacific Northwest Rivers. And, since our rivers are connected to the environments surrounding them, anything relating to your watershed works, too (i.e., oceans, animals, human interaction, forests, etc). We especially love to see students express their personal connection to rivers.
Themed Section. In addition to our general theme, every year the anthology has a sub-theme on a specific topic that is featured in the beginning of the publication. (See "Working Rivers" on pages 6-13 of the current anthology for example of theme section). The special themed section for the next edition will center on...
Celebrating the different Tribes of the Pacific Northwest and their ancestral and present-day relationships to rivers. The intention of this theme is to increase awareness and appreciation of Native culture, history, and arts, particularly as they relate to Pacific Northwest rivers and watersheds, through student art and creative writing. Everyone is invited to participate. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Water sites of significance to different tribes
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) perspective
- Traditional uses of native plants, fish, and animals
- Tribal languages
- Historical anecdotes from Native or tribal elders
- Native artists, authors, and poets!
Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to get resources and inspiration for our sub-theme!
All students from kindergarten through college are invited to submit. Students outside of Oregon are welcomed to submit!
- Important: Every submission must include a completed, signed submission form. Parents/Guardians need to sign the form if the student is under 18 years old. Unless you are submitting through the online form at the bottom of this webpage, you will need to do one of the following:
- Submissions must be original work by the student.
- Please do not submit files larger than 3.5 MB.
What We Accept
Students may submit one written piece and one visual art piece per year. Unless they are clearly linked together, they will be judged separately.
Visual Art: drawings, paintings, watercolor, photography, multimedia, sculpture, glass, installations, etc. If in doubt about whether we accept your art form, please contact our coordinator. Art/photography should be uploaded as a JPEG, PDF, or PNG file. Artwork should be either scanned or photographed. (For artwork that cannot be scanned, please read these tips on how to photograph your art for submission. If your piece is selected and we need a better quality image, we will contact you to make arrangements to photograph it.) For optimal print quality, images should have a resolution of 300 dpi.
Creative Writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction/prose (500 words or less, typed). We love to see written entries in foreign languages, too. Just make sure you include an English translation. Please see our previous anthologies for examples of creative bilingual entries. Writing and foreign language entries should be typed in a Word document.
How to Submit
Choose the following option that works best for you:
After you complete the online submission form, scroll down to the bottom of this page to upload your submissions.
Email your submission to "email@example.com" with the subject line "Submission_Student's First and Last Name." If you are submitting a written entry and an art entry, you may send them both in the same email.
*Remember to either complete the submission form online to via this link or download the submission form and attach the completed, signed form to your email.
If you are an educator submitting multiple submissions from your class, you can upload a folder of submissions to HOR's Dropbox here (You do not need a Dropbox account to upload your files. Uploads are private). Title your folder, "School Name_Teacher Name"; title each submission in your folder, "Teacher Last Name_Student First and Last Name."
Mail** your submission and a signed submission form to the following address:
Willamette Partnership c/o Honoring Our Rivers
4640 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 50
Portland, OR 97239
**Please note that we do not currently have the capacity to return original submissions; furthermore, we may choose to frame original pieces to add to our traveling gallery exhibition. If you require your original piece, please submit a digital copy.
We appreciate you integrating Honoring Our Rivers into your lesson plans! Teachers who submit student entries will receive a copy of the anthology and be recognized in the publication.
We are constantly looking for feedback on how to improve the ease of the submission process on your behalf. If you have a suggestion, please email our program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We take the security of students' information seriously, which is why published work is only accompanied by the student's name and grade level. We'll list the representing teachers and schools elsewhere in the anthology. We promise that the information you provide in the submissions form is never distributed, shared, or sold.
Submissions are judged by a panel of artists, writers, educators, and partners. Each piece is viewed and rated by three separate judges. No identifying information is included on the student submission. Criteria for judging is dependent on age group.