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History of Calliope

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
- Aristotle

Calliope, Mount Union's annual literary collection, first appeared in 1954 as a supplement to the college newspaper, The Dynamo, called the Mount Union College Literary Review. The first edition was composed of twelve pages including three poems, four essays, and three short stories. The Annual Literary Review appeared in The Dynamo until 1957, when the Review was canceled due to lack of student interest.

After a year off, a student literary collection returned, this time as Calliope. The publication is named for the Greek muse of music and epic poetry. The first publication of Calliope, which was produced by the Student Christian Association, included only literary works. The first Calliope, published in 1959, was just twenty-four pages long and was published for about $200 (a far cry from the $10,500 budget the organization uses today).

It was not until 1963 that Calliope included visual art. In that year, the book included several photographs of original sculptures. Calliope has grown considerably since that first issue in 1959. Today Calliope accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, dram, and all forms of visual art including, but not limited to, photographs, paintings, and drawings. The journal has grown to over 100 pages and operates as its own organization.

The Calliope staff works ceaselessly every year to provide the school with an exemplary publication to showcase the talents of students, faculty, and alumni, from not only Mount Union, but a variety of colleges and universities. The organization is proud to present these texts and works of art to the campus. We feel privileged to be able to add to this publication's illustrious history.

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Information

Today, the Calliope accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and all forms of visual art including, but not limited to, photographs, paintings, and drawings from undergraduates at all colleges and universities in Ohio. The top three submissions in each of these categories receive cash prizes of $150, $100, and $50, respectively. The pieces chosen for publication are determined by Calliope staff, and prize winners are chosen by guest judges who are professionals in each category. Note that all of the pieces are judged anonymously by the staff, so they do not know who wrote each piece. If they come across their own pieces, they are not to judge it.

All submission can be emailed to umucalliope@gmail.com.

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Guidelines

Check the following categories for information on submission restrictions, guidelines, and requests.


Fiction, Drama, CNF

No more than three submissions per person in each of the above categories will be accepted. Each piece should be no longer than 2500 words. High-quality longer submissions will be considered as space allows. Please include a title, the category, your school, and your name on each submission.

Poetry

No more than five submissions per person will be accepted. Please include a title, the category, your school, and your name on each submission.

Art

No more than five submissions per person will be accepted. Please make sure attachments are high-quality JPEG files. Please include the medium, the size of the piece, a title, your school, and your name on each submission.

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