Welcome to Chautauqua’s Submittable portal!
Thank you for your interest in our journal!
We are currently closed for submissions.
The editors of Chautauqua are seeking short stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces that address significant public and private experience through the lens of Americana. We’re looking for work that goes beyond personal nostalgia, patriotic celebration, or political argument and engages the essence of what the idea of America means, noting that multiple nations share the continents that bear the name of that ancient navigator, Amerigo Vespucci. This includes the heritage of explorers, settlers, indigenous peoples, and all those brought to America against their will.
We welcome work that touches on the reality and ideals of the Americas, including but not limited to such matters as landscape and the environment, history and contemporary life, traditions and heritage, symbols and pageantry, immigration and assimilation, race and equality, patriotism and dissent, progress and industry, democracy and politics, society and culture, language and music.
Ultimately, we seek work that mirrors the complicated, wonderful, flawed, glorious, tragic, inspiring, bloody, revolutionary, transcendent phenomenon that is the New World, home to our own grand—and ongoing—experiment in democracy.
Announcing the Chautauqua Editors Prizes
The Chautauqua Editors Prizes recognize the writing we feel best captures both the issue’s theme and the spirit of the Chautauqua Institution. The first place winner will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Prizes of $500/$250/$100 are awarded. ALL submissions are considered.
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.
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 15 (by midnight, PST)
August 15—November 15 (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 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), or Nature and the Natural World (2011).
THIS TAB IS NOT THE PROPER PLACE FOR SUBMISSIONS -- PLEASE USE THE GENRE SPECIFIC TABS TO UPLOAD FIILES.
THIS IS ONLY FOR ORDERING BACK ISSUES.
Order your copy of the 2015 issue. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address. The issue will ship at the end of June, 2015.
This is not a link to submit work to the journal -- it is only for preorders of the 2015 issue.