To enter contest

2020-21 contest deadlines:

  • Postmark for mailed art: Feb. 1

  • Hand delivery of art: Feb. 1

  • Online submissions: Feb. 1 @ midnight

Quill Brochure to print

All entries except art should be submitted online.


2 ways to enter art:

1. Hand deliver or mail it

An entry form should be attached to the back of each entry. Print out the below form: 

Quill Brochure to print

You may bring entries either to the Information Desk in the main entry of the Farber Building (by the Bookstore, Admissions, and downstairs from the library) during business hours. After hours, entries can be dropped off at the Lee Library, up the stairs and to the right. An elevator is also located on the first floor beyond and to the left of the staircase.

Library hours for after-hours and weekend drop off of entries, click below:

Library hours for delivering entries in the evening or weekend

2. Scan or photograph art and submit online, like all other entries.


When you click on the link, you will be taken to an online database run by, where you will be asked to upload your submission along with a brief statement about each entry you submit. You should receive an automatically generated email to acknowledge that your submission has been loaded into the system.

You can then sign into at any point to see the status of your submission. It might not say “in process” for a few weeks because we have not yet assigned it to an editor/judge.

All entries except art should be submitted online via the website:

Special theme for 2021 contest

In collaboration with the Crowder Theatre Department, for the 2021 contest, the Quill encourages entries focused on the theme of current events, social issues, and the global pandemic. Entries may be in any of the categories. In addition to the usual placement in the magazine, The Theatre Department will select entries to be performed on stage in April.

The author may participate in the performance as an option. Art and photography will be chosen for a multimedia presentation during the performance as well.

Entries may be subtly tied to the theme of the impact of current events. For example, a photograph of a landscape may include the photographer’s note that nature provides a solace from the stress of current circumstances as well as an opportunity to “social distance.” A more direct entry might be a painting that included face masks.

Model consent form

If you need a model consent form for art or photography, you may use the document above or create your own. Keep it for your own files.

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