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About Us

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 Leisure. To recognize the younger members of our community, we also publish the work of writers aged 12 to 18. These are identified as Young Voices in the journal. 

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: If you would like to support the Writers’ Center or the journal, consider joining the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.

The Chautauqua vision provides meaningful literature for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Please join us by purchasing a back issue or reading our online issues today.

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

See the submission tab for information on our current theme.

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