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Welcome to Chautauqua’s Submittable portal!

Thank you for your interest in our journal!

Our theme for Fall 2022 and Spring/Summer 2023 is “Chance Encounters.”  Our Winter issue will release in January and Summer issue in June. 

The move to online has allowed for some new opportunities. As we look ahead to 2022/2023, we are still planning for online issues at the moment.

During this moment of challenge and change, we had to suspend payment to writers. 

Chautauqua welcomes unsolicited submissions of poetry, flash, fiction, and creative nonfiction from February 15 to March 15 and from September 1 to September 30. 

Chance Encounters

We move through our lives trying to control our destinies, to fulfill our ambitions and pursue our dreams. Yet often an unexpected meeting, a trivial accident, a coincidence of events or timing brings unplanned opportunity, unprepared-for challenges, desperate struggles, unanticipated rewards, flashes of joy or self-discovery.

These chance encounters can change our lives profoundly, alter the course of our future. Call these encounters fate, luck, serendipity, or divine intervention—they upend our carefully laid plans, set us on a new and different path, leave us with lasting consequences and knowledge we never sought but—for better or worse—can never unlearn.

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.

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You will get a thorough feel for the kind of writing we love—and, clearly, what we publish.