Monday, August 4, 2014

Got Secrets?: Publishing Opportunity for Students

I have had the distinct pleasure this summer of seeing a short story of mine in the literary journal Chautauqua, an anthology that is launched each summer at about this time up at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. (For the scoop on the Chautauqua Institution, visit their website: As literary journals go, this is probably my favorite. Main reason: they publish youth writing as well as adult writing.

The submissions period for the next journal will open August 15 and close November 15. This is perfect for (a) the summer listless who are looking for something to fill the dog days, and (b) teachers and parents planning fall writing projects in classrooms and living rooms. The theme is “Privacy and Secrets.” The guidelines surrounding their “Young Voices” category are as follows:

Chautauqua has added a new section, which celebrates young writers, aged 12 to 18. Work should be submitted by a teacher, mentor, or parent. Please confirm on the entry that the piece can be classified as a Young Voices entry. We ask that young writers consider the theme. Essays and stories should remain under 1,500 words. For poetry, please submit no more than three poems and/or no more than six pages.

Whether you are planning a youth or adult entry, you will find more complete guidelines here, and information for ordering current or back issues:

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