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.   

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.

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

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