Chautauqua is published twice a year, online in winter and in print in summer at the start of the Chautauqua season. The journal is a literary manifestation of the values and aesthetics of Chautauqua Institution. Each volume is a portable Chautauqua season between covers. The sections loosely reflect the categories of experience addressed during those nine summer weeks, playing one writer’s vision off another’s in the spirit of oblique, artful dialogue.
The Chautauqua way is also reflected in how we make this book. Each year, in partnership with the Chautauqua Literary Arts, graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington work as members of the editorial team, guided by professional editors and an advisory board. They read and discuss submissions,
fact check and edit, search for art, and participate in the artistic process of building a book.
In our editorial sessions, we read aloud excerpts or even entire works, listening for the music of great writing, searching for the piece that eloquently addresses the issue’s theme through some facet of the life in art, spirit, leisure, or a life lesson. Writers, ages twelve through eighteen, enjoy that same respectful attention through Young Voices.
So, settle back on a couch or a comfortable patch of grass and spread this book open like a tent. Immerse yourself in the world of ideas, imagination, and language that lives between its covers. For as many minutes or hours as you like, you are part of the Chautauqua community.
Editor, Jill Gerard
Advisory Editor, Diana Hume George
Managing Editor, James King
Please follow the link below for information on our theme and to submit.
Reading Periods: February 15 to March 15 and September 1 to September 30