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. Also, 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.
The journal is published once each year in spring, in time to celebrate the opening of the Chautauqua Institution summer season.
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 a 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. Please watch for a special preorder opportunity.
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.
Chautauqua encourages all writers to use our online Submittable portal. We made the decision to move to online submissions after a great deal of deliberation. Ultimately, online submissions enable all editors to read and respond to work more efficiently.
For more information about Chautauqua, please contact the journal directly: firstname.lastname@example.org