Stillness in the CHAOS
“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.”
– Mark 4:39
We often feel we must combat chaos with action and strength. We forget that being still in the midst of chaos allows for God’s strength to create peace. Jesus slept through a storm on the sea. He knew what so many of us struggle to remember: all of our tribulations will inevitably pass. Jesus chose peace and calm in the midst of the chaos, amplifying the strength of God’s consistency.
2020 forced so many of us into stillness while chaos ravaged around us. Our lives screeched to a halt. There is great beauty in the simplicity of waiting for the storms to end, knowing God is and always will be in control. We learned to rely on the Lord as we watched our world change day after day. Art and literature help us to make sense of the chaos and find peace; don’t shy away from the storms of this world but show your audience how to see the stillness inside.
– Tayla Vannelli, Editor-in-Chief
Submissions are opened to all undergraduate students in the USA and abroad. Submissions must be in English.
Mission of magazine:
The Chimes, having been part of Shorter University’s history for over 130 years, holds to the values upheld by the University. We withhold the right to reject any pieces submitted for publication that do not fit with the University’s mission (“Transforming Lives Through Christ”); therefore, pieces that contain crude themes or language may be rejected. The Chimes accepts submissions from students, faculty, and alumni of Shorter University, as well as from undergraduate students enrolled at any college or university. All submissions must be original; plagiarism, whether accidental or purposeful, is unacceptable.
Please follow guidelines closely when submitting; failure to do so will disqualify your work from being reviewed for publication. Submissions received before December 2021 will be considered for publication in the Spring 2022 issue.
- Do not include your name or any identifying information on your attached files, but only in the appropriate fields in the submission form below.
- Include a 50-100 word third-person bio in the field provided.
- You may submit work in multiple categories. Please send a separate submission for each category.
- Attach writing in word documents and art in jpeg files; include titles.
Writing Submission Guidelines:
-Send up to 5 poems, 12pt. Times New Roman, single spaced except for stanza breaks, no more than 40 lines per poem.
-We’re all for creativity in form, but unique line spacing or indents may not appear as intended in the final publication due to possible formatting issues.
-Short stories and flash fiction, 3 pieces max, 1,500 word max, 12pt. Times New Roman, double spaced.
-3 pieces max, 1,500 word max, 12pt. Times New Roman, double spaced.
Art Submission Guidelines:
– Send up to 10 photos, attached in jpeg files.
Please send your work to Fabrice Poussin (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Word Documents/jpeg files with all the information requested below. Thank you for your patience!