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In 2015, Calliope received thirty-one Creative Non-Fiction (CNF), thirty-five Art, thirty-four Fiction, and seventy-six Poetry submisisons. In the end, nine poems, five short stories, seven pieces of art, and five CNF pieces (amongst six different universities) were published. All submissions are in alphabetical order by title. In the physical copy, submissions are ordered by place in competition.

Stats about 2015 Edition
  • 9/76 Poetry Submissions Published (11.84%)
  • 5/34 Fiction Submissions Published (14.71%)
  • 7/35 Art Submissions Published (20%)
  • 5/31 CNF Submissions Published (16.13%)

Please do not let these stats discourage you from submititng. Calliope staff is ecstatic to be receiving so many submissons. It allows for the magazine to expand in future years. There were no Drama submissions for 2015. Most of the pieces submitted were excellent, but there is only space to publish so many of the submissions.

The photo on this page, "To The Sun" by Lindsay Janice, was the first place winner, and was used as the cover photo for the 2015 edition.

To The Sun


Check out the following categories for published submissions. Click on the category name to see all publications. If you have any questions about submissions, feel free to contact us.



Click on one of them to read it or get further information. The winners of the fiction section come from the Greater Canton Area - Malone University and University of Mount Union.


Creative Non-Fiction


The following universities were involved with Calliope's 2015 edition: University of Mount Union, Bluffton University, Capital University, Denison University, Malone University, and Walsh University.

The submissions for 2015 were judged by the following people.

Azriel Johnson, Poetry

Azriel Johnson

Shaman, poet, novelist, director of Writing Knights Press (writingknights.com) and inciter of the weekly Writing Knights: Stark poetry meetings/shows at Cultured Coffee, Azriel Johnson lives words. He can be found electronically at azrieljohnson.com but in person he is more elusive.

Sklark Bruce, Poetry

Skylark Bruce

Skylark Bruce hasn't always been a poet. She discovered the art form four years ago when a friend dragged her to a slam poetry workshop. She appreciates a good performance with artful words to back it up. She competed on the Lake Effect Poetry Slam Team in 2012 and 2014. and just won a spot on the 2015 team as well. Her published works include "I Wish" (Poet's Haven 2012) and "Graffiti Wisdom" (Writing Knights, 2013). Her day job is in finance. She also crochets, feeds the hungry, and bellydances at drum circles.

Robert Pope, Fiction

Azriel Johnson

Robert Pope recieved his B.A. from the University of California, Berkley; M.A. from California State University, San Diego; and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He has published many stories and essays in periodicals - including Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, and Pushcart Prize - as well as a novel, Jack's Universe, a collection of stories, Private Acts, and a fiction chapbook, Imagine a Moment. He has received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Individual Artist grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and teaches fiction writing and literature at the University of Akron.

Robert Buganski, Art

Robert Buganski

Robert Buganski is an associate professor of art at the University of Mount Union. He earned a bachelor's degree from Stockton State College and a master's degree from Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been featured in galleries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, Indiana, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Union in 2003, Burganski taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, Brown University, and Plymouth State College. He also was a foundry manager and graduate teaching assistant at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Richard Gilbert, Creative Non-Fiction

Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert, the author of Shepherd: A Memoir, holds an MFA in creative non-fiction from Goucher College, Baltimor, and teaches writing at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he won awards for public service, and feature writing and a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University. His essays have appeared in Brevity; Chautauqua; Fourth Genre; Orion; River Teeth; Utne Reader, and other journals. His articles on farming have appeared in Farming: People, Land, Community; Sheep Canada; The Shepherd; and The Stockman Grassfarmer.