The Crowder Quill, a literary and art magazine of Crowder College, will host the annual awards ceremony with the fourth annual campus and community-wide poetry reading and luncheon Thursday.

The free event — which is open to the public — will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wright Conference Center on the Neosho campus.

“The ceremony will include awards presentations, open-mic poetry reading, scholarship presentations, and dedication of publication to James B. Tatum,” said Latonia Bailey, an instructor with the college. “This is the first time we'll have an official dedication to someone in the magazine. We thought the first should go to the man who made the college — and everything along with it — possible.”

Bailey said the Quill’s mission was “to showcase and encourage the talents of emerging authors, artists, and photographers among those in high school, college and the community,” she said. The publication had 961 entries this year.

More than 113 special awards, recognitions and scholarships will be given, according to Bailey.

“Each division of each category may have a gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention,” she said.

“The gold winner of each high school category will be given a one-time $500 scholarship to be used at Crowder.”

The categories are as follows: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, color photography, black and white photography, color photography, digital art, 3D art, and 2D media. Special awards include the traveling trophy, which goes to the high school accumulating the most points from their awards, based on a point system.

“The dedication of James B. Tatum includes a certificate and a story and photo of him on the inside cover of the publication,” Bailey said.

Magazines and a free light luncheon will also be held after the ceremony.
Bailey said she is pleased with the outcome of this year’s participation.

“We had an increase in the number of entries by about 150,” she said. “There were more 3D and Crowder overall. The quality was excellent overall and made judging difficult in many of the category divisions. However, we would like to see more fiction and nonfiction, there's generally a shortage in those categories, which also means there's an area of opportunity for entrants. If we receive 100 entries in one category division, that's tough competition. It's good for us, though, because the content of the magazine will be high quality. I would encourage those not chosen to try again because there are so many variables in being chosen for publication even though the students endeavor to judge based on standard criteria.”

This is the 34th year Quill has been in existence. It began in 1980 and founded by Dan Richard as a semester project until about 10 years ago.
Entries for the next Quill can now be submitted.