The magazine is a compilation of winning entries in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and art from aspiring authors, artists, and photographers. Entrants generally reside in the communities within a 100-mile radius of the ten Crowder College campuses in southwest Missouri, including Cassville, Neosho, Nevada, McDonald County, and Webb City. They may be high school students, Crowder College students, or community members. The employees of Crowder College are classified as “community” in order to avoid competition with Crowder students.
Each entry includes an artist/author statement, which is a short reflection from contributors about their goals or reasons for writing a particular piece as well as insight into the creative process, inspiration, or subject matter of their entries, as well as a biographical statement. For graphic entries, the technical process is included, if provided. There were 85 individuals published, including staff entries.
The Quill publication is designed annually by Crowder College students enrolled in Comm 111, Magazine Production. Text was set in Bell MT 10 point regular. Story titles were set in Myriad Pro. Credit information was set in Arial fonts.
The Crowder Quill was produced using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS6. The magazine was printed in the Crowder College print shop on the Neosho, Mo., campus. The cover stock is Sappi Flo Gloss Digital Cover 12 x 18 80 lb. 7TP coated, and inside pages are on 11×17 60 lb. white Husky Opaque Offset Domtar.
Funding of the publication comes from the college as a means to provide a cultural link with the community and for an outlet for creativity and expression.
For the 2021 contest, 855 entries were received, and 110 awards were presented in a public ceremony and poetry reading May 4, 2021 on the Neosho campus of Crowder College. Award winners were published and received certificates to be recognized as part of the 41st annual publication.