For more information about the contest and publication, including a how-to-enter video as well as archives of the publication, contest winners, and more, see the website: CrowderQuill.com

The awards ceremony for the 2014-15 contest was in May on the campus of Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., unveiling a new annual publication.

The 2015-2016 contest is now open until Feb. 1, 2016.
Ends on February 4, 2017
  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Fiction entries should have clear plot development and well-defined characters.
  • There is an 1800-word maximum.
  • All literature entries must be typed and double spaced.
  • Multiple pages should be numbered.
  • Entries are not returned.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if a fiction entry is titled “The Day the World Ended,” then the file must be called “The Day the World Ended,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.
Ends on February 4, 2017
  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Nonfiction entries include essays, character sketches, and other true-to-life writings.
  • Character sketches and personal essays should make a statement, whether serious, dramatic, or humorous.
  • There is an 1800-word maximum.
  • All literature entries must be typed and double spaced.
  • Multiple pages should be numbered.
  • Entries are not returned.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if a nonfiction entry is titled “Love Divine,” then the file must be called “Love Divine,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.
Ends on February 4, 2017
  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Whether free verse, blank verse, rhymed or metered verse, poetry should make a point, state emotion, or relate an experience.
  • There is an 1800-word maximum.
  • All literature entries must be typed and double spaced.
  • Multiple pages should be numbered.
  • Entries are not returned.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if a poetry entry is titled “Fifth Street,” then the file must be called “Fifth Street,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.
Ends on February 4, 2017

General Guidelines for Black & White Art

  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions and hand-delivered art entries, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Entries include pen, pencil, charcoal, oil, colored pencil, pastels, and acrylic creations with good contrast and composition.
  • This category includes both color as well as black and white entries
  • All entries should have good contrast, composition, and creativity.
  • Art should be created based on real life (still life, landscape, or live model), memory, or imagination rather than copied from published materials. On the rare occasion that an artist alters a previous work of art, credit should be given. For example, an alteration of the Mona Lisa could be titled Mona Lisa’s Smile with source credit given to the original artist: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. “Copy art” used as learning exercises will no longer be accepted as contest entries.
  • A model consent must be submitted for art entries of live models. Please do not use children’s names as portrait entry titles.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.

Guidelines for hand-delivered submissions

  • Postmark deadline for art entries:  Feb. 1
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 to make arrangements for hand-delivered art entries.
  • Traditional art entries should be mounted, matted or placed in clear plastic sleeves for their protection. Please do not send entries in frames or with glass.
  • Attach entry form to the front left-hand corner with single-sided tape.
  • Art may also be scanned with a high-quality scanner and sent digitally through the online submission manager.

Guidelines for online submissions

  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if an art entry is titled “Fifth Street,” then the file must be called “Fifth Street,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
Ends on February 4, 2017

General Guidelines for Black & White Art

  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions and hand-delivered art entries, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Entries include but are not limited to pottery, ceramic, sculpture, assemblages, recycled materials and reliefs that protrude at least 1/8 inch off the surface.
  • Photographs of the art (front and side view required) may be uploaded online instead of bringing it in.
  • All entries should have good contrast, composition, and creativity.
  • Art should be created based on real life (still life, landscape, or live model), memory, or imagination rather than copied from published materials. On the rare occasion that an artist alters a previous work of art, credit should be given. For example, an alteration of the Mona Lisa could be titled Mona Lisa’s Smile with source credit given to the original artist: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. “Copy art” used as learning exercises will no longer be accepted as contest entries.
  • A model consent must be submitted for art entries of live models. Please do not use children’s names as portrait entry titles.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.

Guidelines for hand-delivered submissions

  • Postmark deadline for art entries:  Feb. 1
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 to make arrangements for hand-delivered art entries.
  • Traditional art entries should be mounted, matted or placed in clear plastic sleeves for their protection. Please do not send entries in frames or with glass.
  • Attach entry form to the front left-hand corner with single-sided tape.
  • Art may also be scanned with a high-quality scanner and sent digitally through the online submission manager.

Guidelines for online submissions

  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if an art entry is titled “Fifth Street,” then the file must be called “Fifth Street,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”

Ends on February 4, 2017
  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Submissions will not be reproduced in color.
  • All entries should have good contrast, composition, and creativity.
  • Entries may be reproduced from film or digital file with only minor corrections and adjustments.
  • Photographs with more than minor adjustment should be entered in the Digital Art category.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if a photography entry is titled “Fifth Street,” then the file must be called “Fifth Street,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
  • A model consent must be submitted for entries of live models. Please do not use children’s names as portrait entry titles.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.
  • If there are only minor adjustments to a photograph such as corrections to exposure, white balance, color saturation, and cropping, it’s considered regular photography and should be entered in either the color or B&W photography category.

    Otherwise, the digital art category is for a photograph has been extensively altered or art that was created on the computer. Below are hundreds of examples of photo manipulations and digitally created art:

     http://www.instantshift.com/2010/03/24/66-mind-blowing-photo-manipulations-art/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/07/20/80-excellent-examples-of-photo-manipulation-art/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/10/03/70-photo-manipulations-art-that-will-blow-you-away/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/10/28/80-photo-manipulations-art-to-ignite-your-creativity/

Ends on February 4, 2017
  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • Submissions should emphasize vibrant color reproduction.
  • All entries should have good contrast, composition, and creativity.
  • Entries may be reproduced from film or digital file with only minor corrections and adjustments.
  • Photographs with more than minor adjustment should be entered in the Digital Art category.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if a photography entry is titled “Fifth Street,” then the file must be called “Fifth Street,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
  • A model consent must be submitted for entries of live models. Please do not use children’s names as portrait entry titles.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.
  • If there are only minor adjustments to a photograph such as corrections to exposure, white balance, color saturation, and cropping, it’s considered regular photography and should be entered in either the color or B&W photography category.

    Otherwise, the digital art category is for a photograph has been extensively altered or art that was created on the computer. Below are hundreds of examples of photo manipulations and digitally created art:

     http://www.instantshift.com/2010/03/24/66-mind-blowing-photo-manipulations-art/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/07/20/80-excellent-examples-of-photo-manipulation-art/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/10/03/70-photo-manipulations-art-that-will-blow-you-away/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/10/28/80-photo-manipulations-art-to-ignite-your-creativity/

Ends on February 4, 2017
  • Deadline to be announced for electronic submissions, usually a few days after Feb. 1.
  • This graphic art category includes computer-generated art or extensively manipulated photographs in order to create special effects.
  • Photography with only minor adjustments should be entered in one of the photography categories.
  • All entries should have good contrast, composition, and creativity.
  • Photo and art creations/manipulations must be your own original work. It is NOT permissible to use other people’s images and/or those posted on a website.
  • The submitted files should be named the same as the entry title. For example, if an art entry is titled “Fifth Street,” then the file must be called “Fifth Street,” NOT “Quill Entry” or “John Jones entry.”
  • A model consent must be submitted for art entries of live models. Please do not use children’s names as entry titles.
  • Copy art from magazines, cartoons, books, posters, and comic books must include a source. Artists should always give credit for reproductions.
  • Individuals may submit up to four entries per category in every category.
  • Each entry must be sent separately.
  • Failure to meet all guidelines may result in automatic disqualification.
  • Email LatoniaBailey@crowder.edu or call 417-455-5410 if you have questions.
  • If there are only minor adjustments to a photograph such as corrections to exposure, white balance, color saturation, and cropping, it’s considered regular photography and should be entered in either the color or B&W photography category.

    Otherwise, the digital art category is for a photograph has been extensively altered or art that was created on the computer. Below are hundreds of examples of photo manipulations and digitally created art:

     http://www.instantshift.com/2010/03/24/66-mind-blowing-photo-manipulations-art/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/07/20/80-excellent-examples-of-photo-manipulation-art/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/10/03/70-photo-manipulations-art-that-will-blow-you-away/

    http://www.instantshift.com/2009/10/28/80-photo-manipulations-art-to-ignite-your-creativity/