The Calliope literary journal extends submissions deadline to March 1

Davis Cobb

STATESBORO — Georgia Southern’s student led literary and artistic journal, The Calliope, is currently seeking applications for creative works for its 2019-2020 release.

The journal, which began on the Armstrong campus before consolidation, over thirty-five years ago, seeks to give the students of GS an outlet to publish and share their work.

The Calliope showcases a compilation of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art and photography submitted by its students and is released yearly as a collection of the works created throughout the year. This issue of the journal will mark its thirty-sixth edition

“We basically just try to project and advertise all the work that students do throughout the semesters on campus,” Brea Yates, the editor of The Calliope, said. “Anywhere between artwork, short stories and poems… this is just a way to show off the creativity our students have.”

For most of its existence, the collection has been exclusive to the Armstrong campus, but last semester it was opened to the entirety of GS, allowing any student on all of its campuses to share their creative works with the community.

Before being considered for publication in the journal, every piece submitted to The Calliope is reviewed by a group of students. As with the journal itself, this review process is present on every GS campus. Works that are approved by this peer group will be added to the journal and published.

In previous years, the review process was accompanied by a voting segment, in which the best pieces from fiction, poetry and art would be selected and honored with a cash prize and the Lillian Spencer Award. However, this process is no longer present at the journal, though the best photograph submitted for the issue will be chosen as the cover for that issue.

While there is no restriction on how many pieces a single student may submit, each category has its own requirements. Poetry pieces must not exceed 100 lines, while nonfiction and fiction works must be under 1500 words. Visual art must be able to be displayed in a 2D format, and submissions are preferred as PNG files. The content of the works, however, is entirely up to the writer, photographer or artist.

Though the original deadline for submissions was Feb. 21, Yates has decided to extend the deadline to March 1 to allow more people to submit and for students to submit more pieces.

The Calliope is planned to be released as early as two weeks before finals begin though it may be released later. However, Yates has affirmed that it will be released at least a week before finals to allow its readers to fully enjoy it.

For more information or for those interested in submitting works to the journal, click here.

Davis Cobb, The George-Anne News Reporter, [email protected]