Welcome to Chautauqua’s Submittable portal!*

Thank you for your interest in our journal!

We are currently accepting submissions.

The editors of Chautauqua seek poetry, fiction, and nonfiction addressing significant public and private events through the lens of Invention and Discovery. We’re looking for work that is able to move past nostalgia, political argument, and cynicism to capture the relationship between human curiosity and the world outside the self. Whether the work explores the vastness of modern scientific inquiry, or the depths of our psyche, we want to experience the revelation of a place, the evolution of an idea, or the meaning of an event—past, present, or future.

We welcome work that engages, but is not limited to, such matters as science, the human relationship to machines, exploration, intuition, epiphany, self-discovery, failure, revolution, and re-invention.

Ultimately, we seek work that mirrors the complications of progress in the modern world, the shared experience of continuing to build upon what has come before us, and how we learn what we know.

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) 

and

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 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.

$ 12.00 - 36.00

Pre-order your copy of the 2016 issue. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address. The issue will ship at the end of June 2016.  

This is NOT a link to submit work to the journal -- it is only for orders of the 2016 issue.
 

Ends on November 15, 2016

This submission portal is for Young Voices -- writers in middle and high school, ages 12 through 18.  Submissions must include a cover note by a teacher, mentor or parent. Please identify either a school or writing program the the author attends or participates in. This can go in the cover letter portion of the submission, along with the student's bio.

Submissions may include nonfiction (1500 word limit), fiction (1500 word limit), poetry (1 to 3 poems) or flash (up to 750 words).

THE THEME FOR THE 2017 ISSUE IS INVENTION & DISCOVERY. 

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), or Wonders of the World (2014).

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.

Ends on November 15, 2016$ 4.00
$ 4.00

The editors actively solicit writing, regardless of genre, that expresses the values of Chautauqua Institution: meaningful inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance. The qualities we seek include a mastery of craft, attention to vivid and accurate language, a true lyric “ear,” an original and compelling vision, and strong narrative instinct. Above all, we value work that is intensely personal, yet somehow implicitly comments on larger public concerns — work that answers every reader’s most urgent question: Why are you telling me this?

PLEASE BE SURE TO MARK AS FLASH FICTION, MICRO ESSAY OR PROSE POEM.  THANKS!

You may include up to three flash pieces in a single file.  Each should be no longer than 750 words.

THE THEME FOR THE 2017 ISSUE IS INVENTION & DISCOVERY.

Ends on November 15, 2016$ 4.00
$ 4.00

A Chautauqua short story, self-contained novel excerpt, or short short demonstrates a sound storytelling instinct, using suspense in the best sense of creating a compulsion in the reader to continue reading—because of deep interest in the characters and their actions, unsettled issues of action or theme, or in some cases sheer delight at the language itself. A superior story will exhibit the writer’s attention to language—both in nuance and detail—and reveal a masterful control of syntax. Fiction should be a maximum of 25 double-spaced, single-sided pages in 12-point font, no extra spaces between paragraphs and all pages numbered—or about 7,000 words.

THE THEME FOR THE 2017 ISSUE IS INVENTION  & DISCOVERY.

Ends on November 15, 2016$ 4.00
$ 4.00

A Chautauqua poem is not just a pretty exercise in language. It exhibits the writer’s craft and attention to language, employs striking images and metaphors, and engages the mind as well as the emotions. It emerges from the poet’s deep reading and knowledge of poetic tradition, reacting to that tradition to reveal a definite aesthetic approach, opening insights into the larger world of human concerns. This may include traditional or experimental work, but each poem should be meaningful to a smart reader beyond the writer’s private code of expression. Submit a maximum of three poems, typed single-spaced, justified left.

THE THEME FOR THE 2017 ISSUE IS INVENTION & DISCOVERY.

Ends on November 15, 2016$ 4.00
$ 4.00

We are seeking essays that use personal experience as a way of addressing the world, blending a confident and articulate narrator with fascinating subject matter. Again, we value exact and artful use of language and syntax as well as a compelling emotional experience that includes the reader, whatever the subject matter. The best essay is timeless, released from daily headlines but important for its truthful evocation of the world. Creative Nonfiction should be a maximum of 25 double-spaced, single-sided pages in 12-point font, no extra spaces between paragraphs and all pages numbered—or about 7,000 words.

THE THEME FOR THE 2017 ISSUE IS INVENTION & DISCOVERY.

$ 12.00 - 60.00

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 orders of the 2015 issue.