2024 Theme: “A River Has Many Stories”
Honoring Our Rivers existed as a project of Willamette Partnership for nearly 20 years, and was revived last year after a brief period of dormancy by Clearing Magazine.
Our mission is to encourage stewardship of rivers and watersheds and to nurture the next generation of civic and conservation leaders by engaging the creative capacities of our youth.
Entries are open to Oregon and southwest Washington public, private, and homeschool students. The Anthology also features a handful of selections from acclaimed regional authors and artists. It is distributed throughout Oregon and SW Washington to schools, public libraries, our partners and available here on this website.
That’s not all. Honoring Our Rivers is more than a print product. We celebrate the work of our young artists and authors through student recognition events, like our annual Student Showcase at Powell’s City of Books and student readings and gallery exhibitions across the state. We’re always looking for new places to hosts these events, so if you’re interested in hosting your space please contact the program coordinator.
Oregon and southwest Washington educators are the key to the mission’s success. They encourage students to connect with their outdoor environment while eliciting their creativity in ways that can be published in the anthology. For this reason, we are here to help support the educators and outdoor school programs with training workshops and resources.
We are grateful for the support and assistance provided by our partners and sponsors shown below.