Honoring Our Rivers Welcomes Student Writing and Artwork

Submission deadline for 2015 anthology set for January 31

Since 2000, Honoring Our Rivers has showcased Oregon student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds. From poetry to prose and fiction, from illustration to photography, students from across the state submit their work to a juried-review process and finalists appear before the public in an annual anthology and at exhibits, events and readings hosted by Honoring Our Rivers. Oregon schools, teachers, academic advisors, community youth programs and homeschoolers are encouraged to promote student submissions before the project’s upcoming January 31 postmark deadline.

Last year, over 900 students submitted entries to the anthology, and we distributed 4,000 copies to Oregon schools and libraries! This year, Honoring Our Rivers is working to further increase the number and diversity of submissions from around the state. The project is open to all Oregon students from kindergarten to 12th grade as well undergraduate students. All schools and students are recognized for their participation. The Honoring Our Rivers anthology is released to the public in April, in time for Earth Day, and a release celebration is held in May at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Additional readings and exhibits will follow throughout the summer and fall.

“Honoring Our Rivers is a highly motivating learning project,” says Tom Webb, former project director for HOR. “Not only do students learn about Oregon’s legacy of rivers, they take part in the process of submitting to a publication for public consideration, a real-world writing and art practice. HOR also supports teachers’ efforts to meet state standards in the arts, English and earth sciences.”

Student work in the Honoring Our Rivers’ anthology appears alongside submissions from Oregon’s leading writers. Previous anthologies have included work by Ursula Le Guin, Brian Doyle, Barry Lopez and former Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen.

Honoring Our Rivers is a project of the Willamette Partnership, a 501©3 nonprofit organization. 2014-15 sponsors include the Eugene Water and Electric Board, Wildwood Mahonia, and the Port of Portland. Partners include SOLVE, Love Your River, The Freshwater Trust, Sustainable Oregon Schools, Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center and the Oregon Poetry Association.