Chautauqua Institution

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
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.

Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (collaborative partner)
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Jill Gerard
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Submissions Policy
Chautauqua welcomes unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from February 1 to April 1 and from September 1 to November 1. The theme for the 2020 issue of Chautauqua is "Boundaries." The editors of Chautauqua are seeking poems, short stories, personal essays, and flash that explore boundaries—lines of demarcation that interrupt but also allow for new bridges and crossing points. Submissions should explore the notion of boundaries—personal, spiritual, geographic, social, political. Our interest lies in how characters define and establish borders and if, why, or how they cross them. Thresholds can open into new realms; fractures and rifts can divide us; safe passages can open up in the most unlikely places. When do we strike out looking for new frontiers or adventures? How do we find the path needed to navigate our way back home—wherever that is? What does it mean to push a boundary? How does pushing one boundary reshape another? Are we able to bind instead of separate, creating a moment of beauty? 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? The journal is released once per year and feels more like an anthology. Each issue has four sections: Life of the Spirit, Life in Art, Life Lessons, and Life at Play. If you are unfamiliar with our journal, please consider purchasing an issue to best understand its structure. We consider the work of any writer, whether or not affiliated with Chautauqua Institution — except for board members of the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends and current faculty, students, and staff at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (unless directly solicited for special features).
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
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Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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