Welcome to Chautauqua’s Submittable portal!

Thank you for your interest in our journal!

To say that 2020 was challenging is, of course, an understatement. Like you, we faced serious challenges to our health, our communities, and our way of life. Due to the challenges of the pandemic, we will be opening for submissions on February 15 AND taking the journal online for the 2022 issue. The theme for 2022 is “resilience.” Please find out more below.

Instead of an annual issue, we will share fall, winter, and summer issues, with target publication dates of October/November, February/March, and June. During this moment of challenge and change, we will need to suspend payment to writers. We are hopeful that many of you will continue to share your work with us as we move online. We are hopeful to return to print publication in 2023.

Our 2021 issue will be released in print and available for purchase in June 2021. 

Chautauqua welcomes unsolicited submissions of poetry, flash, fiction, and creative nonfiction from February 15 to April 1 and from September 1 to November 1. The theme for the 2022 issue of Chautauqua is “Resilience.”

Resilience is that indispensable quality that allows us to pick ourselves up after we fall—literally bouncing back. Many find the power to face hardship with the support of family and friends. Others find resilience in a cherished dream and the passion to make that dream a reality. Or because they can imagine a different possibility for themselves, a better future, and stubbornly cling to that vision. Some find inner strength through spiritual belief and practice.

Resilience speaks to an indomitable buoyancy of spirit, a refusal to stay down. How we face trauma, tragedy or threats, how we overcome challenges or adversity, how we persevere in the face of difficulty—all that makes us who we are.

No matter where we find that energy, people feel the irresistible urge to carry on. We search for and gather that which might nourish us. We suffer pain in order to heal, endure famine and celebrate when we are once again able to feast. We offer comfort and solace to others, and cherish those moments when it is offered to us. We do not always win out, but the act of not giving up endows the actor with dignity and purpose.

Although we acknowledge the hardships and difficulties COVID-19 has caused, we encourage all submissions to go beyond the expected. Pandemic pieces are absolutely welcome, but resilience can present itself at any moment in time. So, let your unique experiences speak for themselves, and we’ll be here, ready to listen.

We are looking for work that captures that tenacity of the human spirt.

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. (https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/shop/books/writers-center). 

  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 as well as an email address for that person. Please identify either a school or writing program that 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). For prose pieces, please identify as fiction or nonfiction.

The theme for the 2022 issue is resilience.

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We are seeking essays that 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 2022 issue is resilience.

 

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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 2022 issue is resilience.

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 2022 issue is resilience.

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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, saved in a single document.

THE THEME FOR THE 2022 issue is resilience.

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