The Crowder Quill will host its annual awards ceremony in the Wright Conference Center at the Crowder College Campus in Neosho from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. A light lunch will be served after the ceremony.
The public is invited to attend the event, which will also offer the second annual campus- and community-wide poetry reading.
"We received a much larger number of entries this year likely due to the ease of submitting via email," said Latonia Bailey, Crowder Quill adviser, "so the competition was even greater."
Individuals who entered the Crowder Quill contest and would like to read their poetry or short stories during the awards ceremony should contact Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited amount of time will be offered for readings.
A PowerPoint presentation, showcasing the winning photography and art entries, will be shown during the awards ceremony.
The event will also include the announcement of all entries that were chosen to be published in the 2012 edition of the Crowder Quill and the unveiling of the newest edition of the literary and art magazine. Authors and artists of published entries will receive certificates.
The following Barry County community members will be honored for their winning literary or art entries: Katelyn Brisco and Marcia Morgan, both of Cassville; Ben Lesue, of Monett; and June Tippett, of Shell Knob.
The Crowder Quill, which was founded in 1980, is published each spring. The contest deadline is Feb. 1. Contest divisions include high school students, Crowder College students and community members.
Authors and artists can enter the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, color art, black and white art, color photography, black and white photography and digital photography.
"The fairly new digital category should be computer-generated art or extensively manipulated photography, not just photography taken with a digital camera or altered in a minor way such as corrections to exposure or color," said Bailey. "We'd love to see digital entries that make the view say, 'Wow, how did they do that?'"
Members of the 2012 Crowder Quill staff are Rachel Anders, Josh Boley, Steve Chapman, Amanda Cook, Aubrey Donaldson, Tola Ferris, Jose Garcia, Dave Horvath, Alesha Odenbrett, Logan Stark, Brad Stout, James Walls and Misty Willet.