Calling all Blount County kids 5 to 19: Got a bit of courage? An interest in local history, science, art, poetry, rivers, animals, water or nature? That’s all you need to help you enter the River of Words, or ROW, contest. It’s a local and national environmental poetry and art contest.
Explore the rivers, lakes, and streams of Alabama – or the puddles and ponds of your own backyards – and express what you discover, through poetry and/ or art including photography. Local and national prizes
The four grade-level categories are K-2, 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12 or children 5-19 who are being home-schooled. Each grandprize winner receives a trip to Washington, D.C., (or city where ceremony is held) and a trip for parent/guardian.Friends of the Locust Fork River sponsors the local contest, and judges will select winners from all Blount County entries and award Friends of the River cash prizes, provided at least five enter in each age category. Note that judges reserve the right not to make any awards. Entry forms and submissions
Individuals or groups may enter in English, Spanish, or American Sign Language as many times as you want. Individual and group/class application forms and further details about how to apply are available at riverofwords.org. Deadline for entries is Dec. 1, 2011. Entering the national contest means automatic registration in the local contest. National awards are made in April 2012. Blount County winners will be notified in May or June. A free, downloadable, poetry teaching guide is also available at the website. Further information is also at www.flfr.org.