2014 Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce this year's scholarship winners, including Cady Thomas of Spokane High School, who has been awarded the Hank Billings Scholarship, and Central High School's Anne Marie Schudy, who has been awarded the Drury University Scholarship. Other winners include:

  • Molly Barnett (Willard High School)

  • Christine Marie Long (Stockton High School)

  • Kyle Osredker (Central High School)

  • Karlee Renkoski (New Covenant Academy)

  • Kendra Vlieger (Stockton High School)

Congratulations and keep writing!

2015 Quill Awards Ceremony


Join us on March 14, 2015 as we honor two Springfield songwriters!

Each year the Writers Hall of Fame selects a distinguished writer with ties to Missouri to receive its highest honor, the Quill Award.

This year the distinction goes to two accomplished songwriters: Randle Chowning and Larry Lee.  They met as young men and helped found a band that put Springfield on the map.  As part of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Chowning and Lee helped propel the group to international success before moving on to many other noteworthy projects.  They continue to write and perform together as Beyond Reach.

The Quill Award serves as a reminder of the importance of writing and encourages young people to develop their own joy for the art.  Included in the evening will be live and silent auctions, offering a wonderful variety of items you can bid on to raise money for the Writers Hall of Fame scholarship fund for young writers!

We hope you will choose to be a part of this delightful evening at the beautiful Tower Club as we honor Randle Chowning and Larry Lee and celebrate the joy of writing.  The evening begins with social hour and silent auction at 6pm.  Dinner follows at 7pm.  KSMU radio host, Mike Smith, will introduce our 2015 inductees and will host a candid Q&A with our inductees before the live auction begins at 8pm.  

Register online at:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1145937.

This just in!

Missouri Institute of Natural Science has donated an exclusive private tour of Riverbluff Cave which includes a hands-on dig experience.   This is only one of many excellent items featured in our live auction on March 14.  More news to come so stay tuned.

2013 Quill Award Recipient: Ridley Pearson


 Ridley Pearson is a New York Times best-selling author with nearly 30 adult suspense novels and over 15 children's adventure novels published in 22 languages in 70 countries. He has had his novels adapted to both network television and the stage. He has also co-produced and written documentaries for television. Ridley has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Craig Ferguson, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and has been reviewed in major newspapers around the world. 

Ridley began his career as a singer/songwriter for an acoustic rock band and spent nearly a decade on the road.  He continued his music as a founding member of The Rockbottom Remainders, a '60s rock 'n roll band featuring bestselling authors, which recently played its last gig after 20 years. 
Following attendance at Kansas University and Brown University, Ridley’s songwriting led to script writing, and script writing to novels.  His first work, Never Look Back, was published in 1985. In 1990, Ridley was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. In 2008, he was a visiting professor in the College of International Language and Literature at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. 
Ridley has earned a reputation for writing fiction that "grips the imagination." His crime novels emphasize dazzling investigative detail, and, all too often, imitate life. His previous novels have helped solve two real-life homicides and helped settle an environmental lawsuit. 
Disney Theatrical created a stage play of his children's novel Peter and the Starcatchers, co-written with Pulitzer Prize winning humorist, Dave Barry, that opened in March 2011 and is now on Broadway. 
Raised in Riverside, Connecticut, Ridley, his wife, Marcelle, and their two daughters currently divide their time between the Midwest and the Northern Rockies.* 
*Taken from http://www.ridleypearson.com/suspense/