Crowder College's art and literary magazine, "The Crowder Quill," is now accepting entries for its 2013 publication. A new online submission process and new art categories and scholarships have been unveiled for this year's contest.
"The Quill website will make it easier for participants to submit entries," said Latonia Bailey, Quill advisor since 1994. "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. The 2D category combines both black and white and color entries and includes paintings, drawings and hand-made prints. The 3D category includes pottery, ceramic, sculpture and assemblages.
"The purpose of The Quill is to showcase and encourage artistic and literary works," said Bailey. "Adding these art categories gives more opportunity to encourage visual arts."
Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography and digital art, including digitally enhanced photographs and computer-generated art, must be submitted as digital files and uploaded online at www.crowder.edu/quill.pdf.
Mailed entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2013, and other entires must be received by Feb. 4, 2013. Winning entries will be published in the magazine and receive an award in May of 2013.
Individuals can submit up to four entries in each category. Entry divisions include high school, Crowder College students and adult community members.
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. High school gold winners will also be offered scholarships subject to enrolling in specific, related courses.
The Quill unveiling and awards ceremony and open mic poetry reading will be held in the Farber Building on the Neosho campus on May 8, 2013.
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 spring 2012 edition of the Crowder Quill was recognized nationally when it was awarded first place with special merit from the American Scholastic Press Association. Located in College Point, N.Y., the organization judges high school and college publications based on content, organization, design, presentation and creativity.
Brad Stout, spring 2012 Crowder Quill staff member, also received an award for outstanding story for his fiction entry "Cab Fare."
For more information or specific guidelines for each category, visit www.crowder.edu/quill.pdf.