The Chautauqua Janus Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2018, celebrating an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder literary conventions, historical narratives, and readers’ imaginations. In addition to receiving a $2,500 award, the winner will give a lecture on the grounds during the summer season and appear in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Barbara and Twig Branch.

Named for Janus, the Roman god who looks to both the past and the future, the prize will honor writing with a command of craft that renovates our understandings of both. 

KazimAli 012 squareThe 2018 winner will be selected by guest judge Kazim Ali, author of a forthcoming book of poems, Inquisition, and a forthcoming hybrid memoir, Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies. An associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College, Ali will also give a lecture on the Chautauqua grounds during the 2018 summer season.

 

GUIDELINES

Entries will be accepted for the 2018 prize from Jan. 15, 2018, through March 31, 2018. There is a $20 reading fee for self-nominated entries.
 
Eligible entries:

  • May be up to 15,000 words in length. The Chautauqua Janus Prize encourages writing that challenges conventional presentation and publication of fiction/nonfiction.
  • Must be either unpublished, forthcoming in 2018, or published no earlier than April 2017.
  • Must be authored by emerging writers of fiction/nonfiction. Emerging writers are defined as writers who have yet to publish their first book (exceeding 40,000 words) in any prose genre. There is no age or citizenship status restriction for authors.
  • May be nominated by authors themselves or on their behalf by magazines or creative writing programs. Self-nominating authors may submit no more than two entries per submission period. Programs and magazines must have the consent of authors to nominate their work and may nominate no more than three entries per submission period. Nomination by a program or magazine does not preclude an author from submitting additional self-nominated entries.

SUBMISSIONS

  • Complete the Submittable form, including fee payment*. Please use PDF format. Contact Director of Literary Arts Atom Atkinson at aatkinson@chq.org if PDF format is not ideal for your submission.
  • Meet formatting specifications where possible. If your submission’s prior publication or experimental form simply aren’t conducive to Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and double-spacing, know that we will still consider all legible PDF submissions.


*The fee is waived for submissions nominated by programs or magazines. We invite authors to encourage their programs and/or magazines to reach out to Atom Atkinson at aatkinson@chq.org to learn more.

The Chautauqua Writers' Center is a lively community of writers at all levels of development who cultivate the courage, craft and vision necessary to grow as artists under the tutelage of nationally-recognized authors. Started in 1987, the original core program of eighteen summer workshops, readings and lectures has grown to include the Chautauqua Writers' Festival, the literary journal Chautauqua, and an active support organization, Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends. 

Whether you are an accomplished writer looking for peer support, a novice striving to take your work to the next level or simply an avid reader in love with all things literary, we welcome you and hope to see you at one of our many programs.

Workshops

Each five-day workshop is taught by an experienced, published writer-in-residence in a small group setting. Most classes are limited to just 12 participants. All workshops are held on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (Located on the south end of the grounds on Wythe Ave. across from the Hall of Philosophy.)

Writers interested in joining us as a writer in residence should complete this form. Director of Literary Arts Atom Atkinson will reply shortly thereafter. For any other questions regarding workshops, please contact Atom (they/them) directly at aatkinson@chq.org.

Registration begins in April. Call the ticket ofice at 716.357.6250 to register by phone or register online at https://chqtickets.com. You may also register at one of our ticketing windows at our Main Gate Welcome Center.

Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for decades. Faculty members are selected not only for their national reputations and the quality of their work, but also for their ability to inspire developing writers to grow in their craft.

Writers' Center programs at a glance

• Readings on the Porch (free) — Each Sunday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., the week's writers in residence (both poetry and prose) read from their own work on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.

• Brown-bag Lectures (free) — Each Tuesday and Friday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., the week’s writers in residence (both poetry and prose, respectively) offer a public lecture on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Bring your lunch!

• Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends — Writers and readers alike are invited to support the Writers' Center by joining Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.

Registration

Registration for all workshops begins in April.  Courses are available for writers of all stages.

Register online - https://chqtickets.com

Register by phone - Call 716.357.6250. Please have all registration information ready before calling. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are all accepted.

Pre-register by mail or fax (716.357.5823) - Complete the registration form printed in the Special Studies Catalog and return it to:

Special Studies
PO Box 28
Chautauqua, New York 14722

Registration forms will be available in the Special Studies Catalog which can be obtained by writing to the address above.

Register in-person - Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the Main Gate and the Colonnade.

Note: A $5 handling fee will be added to all phone, fax and mail registrations.

 

 

Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends, formerly known as Chautauqua Readers & Writers, is a volunteer network of writers and readers who work year-round on behalf of the literary arts at CHQ. During the nine-week summer program, the Friends provide support to the Writers’ Center, sponsor weekly opportunities for writers to present their work and meet other writers and readers, and organize contests and other special events.  The group also promotes Chautauqua, the Institution’s nationally recognized literary journal that has published numerous acclaimed authors, including a winner of the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends Events

(Click here for complete CLAF calendar of events or check Chautauquan Daily

  • Sunday afternoon readings and book-signings by prose and poetry writers-in-residence at Alumni Hall followed by a reception. Co-sponsored with Writers’ Center (open to the public)

  • Sunday evening Open Mic at Alumni Hall (no registration required)

  • Tuesday informal prose and poetry critiques after Brown Bag lunch events at Alumni Hall porch (no registration required, but bring 5 copies of one page of your work)

  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Authors’ Hour readings for CHQ’s authors at Hultquist 101 (Weeks 1–7) – Information and Application

  • Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project reading in Hall of Philosophy – Information and Application

  • Annual writing contests (prose and poetry; fiction and creative non-fiction; for adults, young adults, and young writers) – Information and Application

    Submission Categories
  • Annual CHQ authors’ Book Fair – Information and Application

  • Annual Dinner with Friends at Alumni Hall (Reservation required at clafchq@gmail.com)

Membership Information

Annual membership* $30/single, $40/couple, $20/young adult under 26

*All members receive a copy of the literary journal Chautauqua and invitations to members-only events

Print and mail the application form and/or your payment – Membership form

OR

Join online and pay dues below.

Membership Dues

Chautauqua publishes writing expressing the values of 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.

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The Chautauqua Writers' Center is a lively community of writers at all levels of development who cultivate the courage, craft and vision necessary to grow as artists under the tutelage of nationally recognized authors. Started in 1987, the original core program of eighteen summer workshops, readings and lectures has grown to include the Chautauqua Writers' Festival, the Chautauqua Literary Journal, and an active support organization, Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.

Whether you are an accomplished writer looking for peer support, a novice striving to take your work to the next level, or simply an avid reader in love with all things literary, we welcome you and hope to see you at one of our many programs.


Writers' Center Programs at-a-glance

  • Readings on the Porch — Each Sunday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., the week's poet and prose writers-in-residence read from their own work on the porch of Alumni Hall. (free)

  • Brown-bag Lectures — Each Tuesday and Friday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., the week’s poet and prose writers-in-residence (respectively) offer a public lecture on the porch of Alumni Hall. Bring your lunch! (free)

  • Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends — $30 annual membership in this literary arts support group includes a copy of the journal Chautauqua, membership in the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) and perks such as social events. Literary Arts Friends programs include, amongst others, the Chautauqua Poetry Contest and Hauser Prize.


Summer Workshops

Each workshop is taught by an experienced, published author (writer-in-residence) in a small group setting. Most classes are limited to just 12 participants. All workshops are held on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (Located on the south end of the grounds on Wythe Ave. across from the Hall of Philosophy.)

For specific questions regarding workshops, please contact Clara Silverstein.

Registration begins in April. Call the ticket ofice at 716.357.6250 to register by phone or register online at https://chqtickets.com. You may also register at one of our ticketing windows at our Main Gate Welcome Center.

Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for 24 years. Faculty members are selected not only for their national reputations and the quality of their work, but also for their ability to inspire developing writers to grow in their craft.

Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.


Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2015

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2015 will celebrate the theme of “truth and consequences.” In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC.

 Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.

2014 CLSC Selections

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Week One
Roger Rosenblatt
The Boy Dectective