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About Chautauqua: Writing that expresses the values of Chautauqua Institution broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance.

Contact Information:

Editors: Jill Gerard, Philip Gerard

Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403



Submission/Subscription Information:

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 2/15 – 4/15 AND 8/15 – 11/15 Response time: 3 to 6 months Payment: 2 copies Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1549-7917 Founded: 2004 Issues per year: 1 Copy price: $14.95 Average pages: 250 Sample price (postpaid): $14.95 – back issue Subscription (ind) 1 year: $14.95 plus $3 shipping Subscription (inst) 1 year: $29.95 plus $3 shipping

Publisher’s description: Chautauqua is a print-based getaway to Chautauqua Institution, a place where “the human spirit is renewed, minds stimulated, faith restored and the arts valued.” We build the journal like an anthology, dividing the work into four sections: Life of the Spirit, Life in Art, Life Lessons, and Life at Leisure.

The editors actively solicit writing that celebrates a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance, regardless of genre. 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?

In each issue we feature both established writers and new voices. We make an effort to include emerging writers under the age of 22 and have added a section we call “young voices,” writers from 12 to 18. Recent writers in our pages include Robert Cording, Cristina Garcia, Charlotte Matthews, Gerardo Mena, Christopher Merrill, Anna Scotti, and Ashley Warlick.

Recent Issues:

Number 10, 2013: Road stories allow the reader to visit new lands or to see places in new ways—and this issue will take you to Key West, to Africa, to India, and beyond. The journeying is often inward to the land of the heart and memory. No matter where the journey takes the reader, she is certain to discover something new. Perhaps it is seeing something ordinary in a new way or coming to some understanding.


last updated 7/08/2013