Changes made to contest

Crowder College’s art and literary magazine, The Crowder Quill, has unveiled its new online submission process for its annual contest as well as new art categories and scholarships.

“The Quill website will make it easier for participants to submit entries,” said Latonia Bailey, Quill advisor. “For the first time, entrants may track their contest submissions.”

The two newest categories — 2D traditional media and 3D art — will still be accepted by mail or hand delivery. All other entries should be sent as digital files and uploaded online at

The 2D category combines both black & white and color entries and includes paintings, drawings and hand-made prints. The 3D category includes pottery, ceramic, sculpture and assemblages.

Other categories are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography and digital art, which includes digitally enhanced photographs and computer-generated art. Winning entries are published in the magazine and receive an award.

“The purpose of The Quill is to showcase and encourage artistic and literary works,” Bailey said. “Adding these art categories gives more opportunity to encourage visual artists.”

Individuals may submit up to four entries in each category. Entry divisions include high school, Crowder students and adult community members.

The deadline is Feb. 1 every year for post-marked. All other entries will be due Feb. 4 and should be uploaded to

Email or call 417-455-5410 to make arrangements for hand-delivered art entries or if internet access is an issue.

Winning entrants will be notified by April. They will receive an award (gold, silver, bronze medal or honorable mention certificate) and will be published in the magazine. High school gold winners will also be offered scholarships subject to enrolling in specific, related courses.  The awards ceremony and open mic poetry reading will be May 9 in the Farber Building.

The Crowder Quill was also recently recognized nationally. The spring 2012 edition was awarded a “first place with special merit” from the American Scholastic Press Association. The organization, located in College Point, New York, judges high school and college publications based on content, organization, design, presentation and creativity.

Also receiving an award for “Outstanding Story” was Brad Stout, spring 2012 Crowder Quill staff member, for his fiction entry, “Cab Fare.”

“Having your work published is something very rewarding,” said Stout.

The Quill has been published since 1980 and is distributed free on campus and in the community.

Specific guidelines for each category and more information can be obtained from the website.

The magazine is the effort of students in the Magazine Production course, Comm 111. Students publicize the contest, judge the entries and prepare and host the awards ceremony.

All students are welcome to enroll and gain valuable skills in graphics organization, and teamwork, Bailey said.

“The Quill magazine gave me a new perspective on creative journalism,” said Brigham Cook, former staff member.

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