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The Élan staff is eager to present our 3oth Anniversary Print Edition, featuring art and writing from new and returning artist. To purchase a copy, email or

Submissions are currently open for the Fall 2016 Online Edition. For submission guidelines, click here.

We’re Celebrating our 30th Anniversary!

Élan first launched in 1986 as a publication of the Creative Writing department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Since then, Élan has grown into a thriving student-produced international literary publication producing two online issues each school year and one print magazine that is a compilation of the work included in both online editions.

We recently celebrated this milestone by inviting former Élan editors, many now accomplished writers and teachers themselves, to return and share their work with the current students of the program. Take a look at our gallery of images below!

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 Latest Blog Post

The Craft of Nye

Posted on October 18, 2016

Èlan Literary Magazine is celebrating its 30th year Anniversary. In honor of the evolution of our published writing, our editorial staff is appreciating the techniques and stylistic choices of those that have inspired them. 

When I first came to Douglas Anderson I swore I would never write poetry. How could I?  Poetry was constructed of line breaks, and choices. Like fiction these choices were made with intention, but with poetry the intention was a hard technique to learn, a hard technique to master. When I look back and think of what scared me most, was how raw poetry allowed one to be. Every word gave away a personal detail. It feared me to know that in a few stanzas people could know aspects of myself I never shared with anyone other than myself.

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