The 2003 issue ofCalliope,West Virginia Universitys literary magazine, has received an award for best design by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). The magazine was awarded the National Program Directors Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines.

Calliopeis edited, designed and produced entirely by students in the Department of Englishs creative writing program. The Department of English, housed within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, offers a Master of Fine Arts degree for students interested in advanced work in fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

Calliopeis a collection of art from students across the college. Submissions include poems, paintings, photos and short stories. The 2003 issue was edited by Abigail Aikens, a native of Martinsburg, who graduate in 2003 with a B.A. in English, and Scott Andrew, a music major from Nineveh, Pa.

The AWP was founded in 1967 by 15 writers to support the growing presence of writers in higher education. The mission of the AWP is to foster literary talent and achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students and readers of contemporary writing. Since 1967, the AWP has grown to include 22,000 individual writers, teachers and students.