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In 2016, Calliope received seven Creative Non-Fiction (CNF), thirty-five Art, fifteen Fiction, and seventy-six Poetry submissions. In the end, six poems, five short stories, six pieces of art, and five CNF pieces (amongst six different universities) were published. This year's publication is dedicated to Sydney Breyer.

Unfortunately, Sydney Breyer (5/4/1997 - 10/7/2015) passed away early on into her freshman year. This year's publication is decidated in her memory. She is dearly missed by the staff and fellow Raiders. Click here to read her piece, "Where Am I From?".

Stats about 2016 Edition
  • 6/72 Poetry Submissions Published (8.33%)
  • 5/15 Fiction Submissions Published (33.33%)
  • 6/35 Art Submissions Published (17.14%)
  • 5/7 CNF Submissions Published (71.43%)

In 2016, Calliope saw a huge decline in the number of submissions. In addition, we did have submissions for drama, but not enough to publish them in the 2016 publication. Overall, the pieces were excellent and deserved publication.

The photo on this page, "Yet Another Flower," was chosen as the cover by the Calliope staff.

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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 Denison University and University of Mount Union.


Click on one of them to see it or get further information. The winners of the art section all come from the University of Mount Union.

Creative Non-Fiction


The following universities were involved with Calliope's 2016 edition: University of Mount Union, Denison University, Malone University, and Youngstown State University.

The submissions for 2016 were judged by the following people.

Mary Quade, Poetry

Mary Quade

Mary Quade is the author of the poetry collections Guide To Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Local Extinctions (Gold Wake Press). She has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (for poetry 2006, 2010; for creative nonfiction 2014). Her poetry and essays have appeared most recently in Fourth Genre, The Florida Review, West Branch, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Hayden's Ferry Review, Confrontation, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Creative Nonfiction; in New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American PRess); and in the new anthologies From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their machines (Michigan State University); and Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with Writers (SUNY). Her essay "Hatch" was chosen as a Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2013. She teaches creative writing at Hiram College.

Jamie DeMonte, Fiction

Jamie DeMonte

James DeMonte is an English professor at Lakeland Community College near Cleveland. He is a Mount Union alum and holds an MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. His first book, Brotherhood was longlisted for Shakespeare and Company's Paris Literary Prize before being published by Blue Cublcle Press last year. His other short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Fjords Review and Chagrin River Review, among others. He lives a short walk from the Cuyahoga River with his wife and son is at work on a second book.

Kathy Pugh, Art

Kathy Pugh

Kathy Pugh has been creating art for the majority of her life. She's been a middle school art teacher for several years and has remained in contact with many of her former students, mentoring them through their own artistic journeys. Through these relationship, along with her remarkable talent and generosity, she has helped develop "The Third Space" in Canton, Ohio, an arts center that spreads art throughout the community and gives underprivileged kids a safe place to create.

David Giffels, Creative Nonfiction

Robert Buganski

David Giffels' books include The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014); All the Way Home, (William Morrow, 2008), Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (co-written with Jade Dellinger, SAF Publishing 2003) and Wheels of Fortune: Teh Story of Rubber in Akron (co-written with Steve Love, University of Akron Press 2008). His writin ghas appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.