The Chautauqua philosophy has always been, since the Institution’s founding in 1874, 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.
In keeping with the values of Chautauqua, each issue has four sections: Life of the Spirit, Life in Art, Life Lessons, and Life at Play. To recognize the younger members of our community, there is also a Young Voices section of the journal.
The journal is published once each year in spring, in time to celebrate the opening of the Chautauqua
Institution summer season.
Production is a joint effort. In 2007, the Writers’ Center and Department of Education at Chautauqua Institution partnered with the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Each year a group of graduate and undergraduate students work as members of the editorial team. They read and discuss submissions, fact check and edit, search for art, and participate in the artistic process of building a book.
For readers who are interested in knowing more about the Writers’ Center, please visit the website: http://chq.org/season/literary-arts/writers-center. If you would like to support the Writers’ Center or the journal, consider joining the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends or making a donation to the Chautauqua Trust Fund at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. All donations to this trust fund are used to support students wanting to visit Chautauqua Institution and help to defer the cost for them to attend the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference. (Please indicate your donation is for the UNCW Chautauqua Trust Fund).
The Chautauqua vision provides meaningful literature for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Please join us by purchasing an issue today.
Starting in 2020, all writers selected for publication will be paid $50.00.
If you are considering submitting to Chautauqua, please consider ordering the current issue or preordering the next issue. Writers who use our online submissions portal are able to order paper copies for just $12.00. 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 1 (by midnight, PST) and September 1—November 1 (by midnight, PST).