Calling young artists!

Contribute to Ripples 2023

Published On: February 7th, 2023


Ripples is a youth-led arts zine showcasing visual and written works that celebrate our shared love of and connection to water. The zine features artwork, photography, poetry, and prose, all created by kids, youth, students, and young professionals between the ages of 6 and 25 to celebrate World Water Day.

World Water Day takes place on March 22nd every year. It was started by the United Nations as a UN observance day in 1993 to celebrate water and raise awareness about global freshwater issues. This year, the theme for World Water Day is Accelerating Change.

Ripples 2023 will be produced by the University of Victoria Sustainability Project, in partnership with the POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Year of the Salish Sea.

We are calling for young artists (aged 6-25), who reside in the watersheds that surround and feed the Salish Sea basin (Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland BC), to join us in creating a collection of artistic works that celebrate the interconnectedness between freshwater and saltwater systems and the critical intersections where land and waters meet.

Part love letter and part call to action, our aim with Ripples is to reflect on the beauty and ecological significance of the Salish Sea region, and to inspire the urgent actions needed to improve watershed health in the region — now and into the future.

The organizations partnering on Ripples 2023 believe young people — particularly youth artists, photographers, and writers — are creating ripples in the world of water through education, stewardship, art, and the celebration of Earth’s water systems, of which every creature on Earth, including ourselves, is an integral part. We believe everyone can have a role in accelerating change towards a sustainable future.

Submission Guidelines

Are you between the ages of 6 and 25 and reside in a watershed surrounding the Salish Sea basin and are interested in making a submission to Ripples? Check out the submission criteria below. And if you need inspiration, view take a peek at Ripples 2022, get out in your watershed, or consider the official theme for World Water Day 2023. But remember, it’s okay to take inspiration from elsewhere too—as long as your work celebrates connection to water and the interconnectedness of watersheds, we want to see it!

You may make as many submissions as you like, but you will have to fill out the form separately each time.


Submission criteria

  • Please name submission files using the following format named “contributor name_piece name”.
  • Please do not include titles or attributions on the piece itself (these will be added by our editorial team).
  • For artists: Please ensure that your piece is done on a sheet of white, unlined paper. Appropriate mediums for submissions include: marker, pencil crayon, watercolour paint, gouache, acrylic paint, collage, or digital art tools. If your art was created digitally, download it as a .PNG to submit it to this form. If your art was created using a physical medium, scan it and upload it to this form as a .PNG. Portrait-oriented pieces are preferable for art submissions (or landscape pieces that can easily be turned into 2-page spreads). Please do not submit a piece that would require more than 2 pages to be displayed (i.e., 2+ page comic spreads).
  • For writers: Please ensure that your piece is no longer than approximately 300 words long and is submitted to this form as either a .PDF, or Word file. Before uploading, check to ensure your piece is free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • For photographers: Please ensure you upload a high-resolution version of your photo to this form as a .PNG to guarantee that your submission will be included in the zine. Low-resolution photos may not be able to be included in the zine.

Submissions are due by February 17th, 2023

If you are under the age of 18, please ensure that your parent or legal guardian agrees to have your work submitted in Ripples prior to making your submission.

If you have any questions about Ripples or about making a submission, please contact the University of Victoria Sustainability Project Coordinator, Katia Bannister, at [email protected].