Chelsea (magazine)

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Discipline Literary magazine
Language English
Publication details
Chelsea Associates (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Biannual
ISSN 0009-2185

Chelsea was a small American, twice-a-year literary magazine based in New York City. The influential journal, edited for many years by Sonia Raiziss, published poetry, prose, book reviews and translations with an emphasis on translations, art, and cross-cultural exchange.


In 1958, The magazine was co-founded by Ursule Molinaro, Venable Herndon, George Economou, Robert Kelly & Joan Kelly.[1][2][3] Later, Sonia Raiziss was an editor. It published poems and prose by Denise Levertov,[4] Umberto Eco, Raymond Carver, and Grace Paley. Writers such as W. S. Merwin, Sylvia Plath, A. R. Ammons and Paul Auster were published in the magazine when they were still emerging. the first short story by Kenzaburo Oe, who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature. Two entire issues (1976 and 2000) were devoted to the work of Laura (Riding) Jackson.

The journal has published both new and emerging writers, some of whom have received awards or had their work in the magazine subsequently published in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry series, the O. Henry Awards and others.

Chelsea was published twice a year, in June and December, by Chelsea Associates, Inc., a non-profit corporation.

Chelsea ceased publication in 2007.[5]

The Chelsea awards for poetry and short fiction[edit]

The magazine gives out The Chelsea Award for Poetry and the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction.

Poetry winners[edit]

Short fiction winners[edit]



  1. ^ Bruce Benderson (22 March 2002). "Ursule Molinaro". The Review of Contemporary Fiction. 
  2. ^ "45 Years of Chelsea". Archived from the original on 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Daniel Kane (2003). All Poets Welcome. University of California Press. p. 90–91. ISBN 978-0-520-23385-0. 
  4. ^ Albert Gelpi, Robert J. Bertholf (2006). Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov: the poetry of politics, the politics of poetry. Stanford University Press. p. 99–100. ISBN 978-0-8047-5131-5. 
  5. ^ Chelsea Editions