The contest is open to any child ages 5-19 in the world. Eight Grand Prize winners - four in poetry and four in art, in four different age categories - are chosen from the U.S. entries. Poetry submissions are judged by River of Words co-founders Robert Hass, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-1997, and writer Pamela Michael. Art entries are judged by children's book writer and illustrator, Thacher Hurd.
The Grand Prize for Category I, which is grades K-2, went to Jack Baker, age 7, from Denver, Colorado. Here is his poem:
Rats roaming down here.
Water flowing like music from the oboe.
Dangerous gasses float in the air
Down here underground.
We encourage you to visit http://riverofwords.org/ to read other environmental poems written by today's youth and to view creative and inspiring environmental artwork as well.
Source: EPA's Water Headlines