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Calliope First EditionIn Greek mythology, Calliope was the eldest of the Muses, goddesses of dance, music, and song.  As the goddess of epic poetry, Calliope would grant her gift to kings and princes––most known for inspiring Homer to write The Illiad and The Odyssey.  She is commonly depicted wearing a gold crown and holding a scroll or book in one hand, representing her eloquence as well as her love for the written word.

Chapman students of all levels and majors are invited to submit their work. Calliope editors and board members are graduate and undergraduate students who apply for the job each preceding academic year. Further details on the submission and application process are below, along with past issues of Chapman's previous magazine, Elephant Tree, in PDF format.

The journal's faculty advisor, Tom Zoellner, oversees the editors and the editorial board for each semester's issue, often with input from other faculty within the Department of English. Editor and board member positions are accepted at the end of each spring semester, and the positions are held for the entire academic year.  Applications should be submitted to the current editor.

Since the magazine's editors and board members are also writers, editors are allowed to submit creative work for the board's review.  Each submission is reviewed without the author's name to create an unbiased process. 

Roughly 200 copies are printed for each issue, and these copies are freely distributed.  All published authors will receive at least one print copy of the magazine. After print publication, the magazine's contents will be made available online.

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+ - Submission Guidelines

The deadline for the Spring issue is March 3. Two entries of any writing or art discipline are accepted from each student, and students from any discipline are welcome to submit work. Submissions are reviewed immediately. 

Submitters should include a title for each piece, the writing genre or art form being submitted, a contributor's note consisting of 1-3 sentences about yourself and your work, and the work in a word, text, or picture file (no .pdfs).

Art submissions should also include the original dimensions of the work and a high-resolution image.
Writing submissions are limited to a 2,000 word maximum.


Please send all submissions and questions to meetyourmuse.calliope@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

+ - Online Editions

Click on the images below to read the files for each of Elephant Tree’s publications since its inception in 2006:

Spring 2006 Edition Elephant Tree Spring 2007 Issue Elephant Tree Spring 2008 Issue

Spring 2006



Spring 2007


Spring 2008


Elephant Tree Spring 2009 Issue Elephant Tree Spring 2010 Issue Elephant Tree Spring 2011 Issue

Spring 2009


Spring 2010


Spring 2011


Calliope Fall 2012 Issue

Fall 2012





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