We welcome submissions of original writing, art, and photography from students who love their rivers!



We accept submissions year-round on a rolling basis. Next deadline TBD..


Subject Matter

2023 Theme: To be determined

Because climate change, habitat restoration, wildlife conservation and water quality are important issues affecting the world we live in, the 2023 theme draws attention to the future of Oregon’s natural resources and how we can conserve and protect them. We encourage students to express they think our state’s ecosystems will look like in the future. Incorporating the them is encouraged, but not required.


All students from kindergarten through college are invited to submit. Students outside of Oregon are welcomed to submit!

  • Important: Every submission must include a completed, signed submission form. Parents/Guardians need to sign the form if the student is under 18 years old. To submit art, writing or photography for consideration, you will need to download the paper submission form, complete it, and do one of the following:

  •  Email it as an attachment, along with with a digital copy of your writing or high-resolution photography (see details below).

  • Submissions must be original work by the student.

What We Accept

Students may submit one written piece and/or one visual art piece per year. Unless they are clearly linked together, they will be judged separately.

  • Original 2-D Artwork (drawing, painting, photography, mixed-media, etc.). Artwork can measure up to 9 x 12 inches. High-quality photographs of sculpture, carvings, masks and other art with raised surfaces or 3-D elements will be accepted. Please do not submit original 3-D artwork.

  • Creative Writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction/prose (500 words or less, typed). We love to see written entries in foreign languages, too. Just make sure you include an English translation. Please see our previous anthologies for examples of creative bilingual entries. Writing and foreign language entries should be typed in a Word document.

  • Send one art and/or one writing entry per student, per year. Questions? Email  editor@clearingmagazine.org. For detailed instructions on how to submit art and writing, visit www.HonoringOurRivers.org/submit.

How to Submit

Submissions for the 2023 Anthology will be accepted in digital format only. Scan your artwork in JPEG or PDF format. Written submissions can be sent as .DOC or .DOCX files.

Complete the submission form on the next page, print, and include it with your art or writing.

  • Entries will be juried by a panel of writers, teachers, artists and students. Selected entries will be published in the print edition. All accepted submissions will appear in the online publication.

Teacher’s Note

We appreciate you integrating Honoring Our Rivers into your lesson plans! Teachers who submit student entries will receive a copy of the anthology and be recognized in the publication.

This year, we are asking students and parents/guardians to submit art and writing directly to us for jury consideration and publication. Artwork will be returned to each individual student at the address provided on the submission form. Questions? Contact us at HOR@clearingmagazine.org

We are constantly looking for feedback on how to improve the ease of the submission process on your behalf. If you have a suggestion, please email our program coordinator at info@honoringourrivers.org.



We take the security of students’ information seriously, which is why published work is only accompanied by the student’s name and grade level. We’ll list the representing teachers and schools elsewhere in the anthology. We promise that  the information you provide in the submissions form is never distributed, shared, or sold.



Submissions are judged by a panel of artists, writers, educators, and partners. Each piece is viewed and rated by three separate judges. No identifying information is included on the student submission. Criteria for judging is dependent on age group.