Welcome to Chautauqua’s Submittable portal!*

Thank you for your interest in our journal!

Submissions are now closed! They will reopen in September. 

The editors of Chautauqua are seeking poems, short stories, personal essays, and flash prose pieces that feature moxie—that ineffable quality of courage, grit, determination, expertise, energy, and sheer stick-to-itiveness. We are eager to consider pieces that explore how characters and narrators handle predicaments and dilemmas, setbacks to their ambitions, and roadblocks to their desires. The outcome may be hard or disappointing, tragic or comic, satisfying or fulfilling, but our interest lies in how the characters—fictional or real-life—display resilience, perseverance, grace, and integrity. How they persist in the face of danger and defeat, how they grapple with matters of personal honor and a sense of duty or service to others, how—in William Faulkner’s words—the human spirit doesn’t just endure but prevails, and in so doing creates memorable beauty on the page.

Chautauqua publishes writing that expresses the values of the Chautauqua Institution, broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance—and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect. 

The Chautauqua philosophy has always been that everyday life should integrate leisure, education, fine arts, and spirituality. Educational pursuit and artistic enrichment should not be confined to separate spaces or designated hours. Spirituality is not defined and shared only within sacred walls or books of prayer. The Chautauqua way of life encompasses all of the ways we enrich our lives: learning on vacation, leisure in work, and passion for art and life in all activities. In the pages of Chautauqua, readers will find a season between covers.

If you are considering submitting to Chautauqua, please consider ordering the current issue or preordering the next issue. You will get a thorough feel for the kind of writing we love—and, clearly, what we publish.

Announcing the Chautauqua Editors Prize

We have made a change to our prize beginning with Spring 2018 submissions and awarded in late spring 2019.

The Chautauqua Editors Prize recognizes the writing we feel best captures both the issue’s theme and the spirit of the Chautauqua Institution. A single prize of $1000.00 is awarded. The winner will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. ALL submissions are considered. 

Because we operate in conjunction with the Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, our reading windows are as follows:

February 15—April 1 (by midnight, PST) 


September 1—November 1 (by midnight, PST).

We publish only one volume a year, at the start of each summer, and the issue has the literal feel and appearance of a high quality book, rather than a magazine or typical literary journal. We take pride in not only our journal's aesthetic but also its content, and we encourage anyone to read a copy if possible before submitting. 

Thank you for your interest, and please do share your work with us!  We look forward to reading your work, and we thank you for allowing us that honor.   

—the editors and staff of Chautauqua

*We are pleased to accept submissions exclusively via Submittable. This portal allows our contributors to submit their work in the most cost-effective way and us to respond in a timely, sustainable, and considerate manner in keeping with the Chautauqua way.

Order your copy of the 2017 issue. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address.   

This is NOT a link to submit work to the journal--it is only for orders of the 2017 issue.

We are happy to offer PDF back issues if you would like to familiarize yourself with our journal.

Please be sure to let us know which issue you would like to receive: Story and Storytelling (2009), Words and Music (2010), Nature and the Natural World (2011), War & Peace (2012) Journeys & Pilgrimages (2013), Wonders of the World (2014), Privacy and Secrets (2015), or Americana (2016).



Pre-order your copy of the 2018 issue. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address.   

This is NOT a link to submit work to the journal--it is only for orders of the 2018 issue.

Please be sure to include your mailing address in the cover memo.  Thanks.