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.