River of Words

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The South Carolina Center for the Book is proud to promote the River of Words Contest to South Carolina students, in partnership with the Library of Congress and the River of Words organization.

River of Words is 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.


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

Entries will be judged in the following categories.

Category I -- K-Grade 2 (Primary)
Category II -- Grades 3-6 (Elementary)
Category III -- Grades 7-9 (Intermediary)
Category IV -- Grades 10-12 (Secondary)

The contest is open to any child in South Carolina (and the world!), from 5-19 years of age. Students may enter on their own or as part of a group (classroom, Scout troop, 4-H, etc.) For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit the contest webpage.