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Chinook 2024 – “Write to Love: Tales of the Heart • 52nd Edition

This years theme is, “Write to Love: Tales of the Heart”. Is there something your heart would like to share with the world? Now is your opportunity!

The literary magazine Chinook is beginning its 52nd year in the Arkansas Valley in 2024. Chinook, meaning warm wind, was introduced to the Otero College campus by veteran instructor, Tim Walsh, who sponsored the publication for roughly twenty-five years. Over the years, it has supported hundreds of writers’ voices through poetry, essays, short stories, and art work. Submissions in each year’s addition are not only from the La Junta area, but also surrounding schools, businesses, and individuals.


Submissions can be sent to

Submission Guidelines

Any form of original creative writing, or art, may be submitted. This includes: poetry, short stories, essays, and two dimensional art work.

Please submit written works in Microsoft Word.

  • Poetry – 25 lines or less
  • Artwork – submitted as JPEG picture files
  • Photography – submitted as JPEG picture files
  • Short Stories – 1500 words or less
  • Essays – 1500 words or less

Please include your:

E-mail address,
Telephone number,
Otero College instructor or School (if not Otero College)

Submit works via e-mail to Natasha Guiterrez at (Recommended & Preferred)

You can also submit through the Arts department in the Humanities Center room # 105

By mail:

Otero College
Humanities Center
18th and Colorado Ave
La Junta, Co 81050

Chris Stork

Chris Stork

Chinook Chief Editor - Advisor
(719) 384-6847
Humanities 108

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