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The Chautauqua Prize

by Phil Klay

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce Redeployment (The Penguin Press) by Phil Klay as the 2015 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Klay receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for himself and his wife for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua. He will host a public reading and a book signing on Saturday, July 25, at the Hall of Philosophy.

While his Week Four residency will be the first time Klay visits Chautauqua, he said he has fond memories of childhood trips to Lakeside Chautauqua, an Ohio community that is part of the Chautauqua Trail.

“I’m thrilled to come to the original Chautauqua,” Klay said. “I’m incredibly honored by this, and looking forward to meeting folks there.”


A July 25 public reading of the Chautauqua Prize winner Redeployment by Phil Klay will be held at 1:30 in the Hall of Philosophy.


Press Kit:
Full press release | Book Cover | The Chautauqua Prize logo (pdf)





The Map Thief
by Michael Blanding (Gotham/Avery)

by Kim Church (Dzanc Books)

The Bully of Order
by Brian Hart (HarperCollins)

by Lily King
(Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly)





by Phil Klay
(The Penguin Press)

All Eyes Are Upon Us
by Jason Sokol
(Basic Books)

The Scatter Here is Too Great
by Bilal Tanweer

The Witch
by Jean Thompson
(Blue Rider Press)

Press Kit:
Full press release | The Chautauqua Prize logo (pdf)


My Foreign Cities wins 2014 Chautauqua Prize

2014PrizeThumbChautauqua Institution is delighted to announce “My Foreign Cities” (Liveright) by Elizabeth Scarboro as the 2014 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Scarboro receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua. She will host a public reading and book signing at a date to be determined this summer on the Institution grounds.  

Chautauqua Institution, dedicated to the exploration of the best of human values and to the enrichment of life, is the pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States.

Eligible books are those published first in the United States, in English, in 2015, and made available in hardcover or bound paperback form for purchase by the general public.

From the toddler whose grandparents are helping choose her first book to the octogenarian devouring the uncountable, Chautauquans have an extraordinary involvement with the written word.

After each nominated eligible book is evaluated by three Chautauquan reviewers, the shortlist and winner are chosen by a three-member, independent, anonymous jury.

There is no other implicit or explicit relationship between The Chautauqua Prize and other Chautauqua Institution literary programs.

Publishers (including trade, university, and small presses), agents, readers, or authors may submit books published in 2015 by living writers.

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2016 Season Information

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2015



Sara Toth
Department of Education
(716) 357-6376

Chautauqua Institution
P.O. Box 28
1 Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, NY 14722