Crowder Quill accepting entries through Feb. 1

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crowder College's art and literary magazine, "The Crowder Quill," is now accepting entries for its 2012 publication. All entries except traditional art should be submitted electronically through email.

"We received positive feedback last year with the introduction of an electronic process," said Latonia Bailey, Quill advisor since 1994. "It saves time and money for entrants in terms of printing, delivery and postage."

The deadline is Feb. 1. Winning entries are published in the magazine and receive an award in May.

Entry categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, art work and digital art. The Quill's newest category, "digital art" includes digitally enhanced photographs and computer-generated art. The following alterations are acceptable for the general photography category: cropping; slight exposure modifications; and other minor image enhancements for technical clarity, such as sharpening and color balance.

High school and Crowder College students and adult community members are invited to submit up to four entries in each category. Photography and art categories are divided into color and black and white.

Entry forms and guidelines for the contest are available at area high schools, public libraries and the Crowder College Cassville Campus. Forms can also be obtained online at

Entries should be send as email attachments to or Entry information should be included in the body of the email.

Winning entrants will be notified by letter or email in April. They will receive an award (gold, silver or bronze medals or honorable mention certificate) and will be published in the magazine. The magazine unveiling and awards ceremony will include a poetry reading.

"I entered the Quill competition last year mainly because I enjoy the opportunity to compete in an arts format," said Joshua Boley, journalism and public relations major. "Next semester, I have chosen to be part of the Quill magazine staff and look forward to judging this year's entries."

The Crowder Quill is produced by students in the magazine production course, Comm 111. Students publicize the contest, judge the entries and prepare and host the awards ceremony.

"The purpose of The Quill is to showcase and encourage artistic and literary works," said Bailey. "All students are welcome to enroll (in the magazine production course) and will gain valuable skills in graphics, organization and teamwork, and the students say its a lot of fun."

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

For more information, call Bailey at 417-455-5410.

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