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Issue 2 of Montana Mouthful is Live!

Issue 2 of Montana Mouthful is Live!

We are happy to announce the publication of Montana Mouthful’s second issue, themed “secrets.” Once again, we received a variety of powerful stories and images that in some way connect to the idea of secrets. This issue also includes poetry and the debut of a […]

Montana Mouthful: A New Literary Venture

Montana Mouthful: A New Literary Venture

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve landed at the Montana Mouthful site, and we’d like to take the time to elaborate on this new project. As stated on our About Us page, Montana Mouthful is an independent, digital literary magazine, and we’re based in Helena, Montana. Thus, […]

Call for Submissions for our “Schooling” Issue

Call for Submissions for our “Schooling” Issue

Classes might be out for summer, but Montana Mouthful is open for submissions for our fifth issue, and the theme is “schooling” (or some variation on “school”). Of course, with such a theme, we expect to receive stories, poems, and images about formal education, ranging from elementary school to the post graduate level. However, some of the best “schooling” is dished out in circumstances far removed from the classroom. Perhaps you were “schooled” by a job, a best friend, or any number of unexpected situations. Let your imagination run wild. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Submissions are open from June 16, 2019 – August 12, 2019. We aim to publish the “Schooling” Issue on September 23, 2019, when the majority of folks are in “back to school” mode. Please review our submission guidelines carefully. We do not accept any prose over 2,000 words nor poetry over 1,000 words.

Submissions are read and judged blindly, so please DO NOT put your name on the piece itself.

You are encouraged to submit a short biography. Bios must be written in third person and should be no longer than 3-5 sentences. You are also encouraged to share your personal websites and/or social media pages, so we can help promote your work.

Here is a link to our Submittable page. Good luck from the Montana Mouthful team!

Ready to Clown Around? Our latest issue is live!

Ready to Clown Around? Our latest issue is live!

The Montana Mouthful “Clowning Around” issue is here! It’s been six months since the publication of our last issue, so we’re thrilled to bring you new stories, poems, and artwork that in some way connect to the idea of clowning around. This was a challenging […]

Issue 4 Publication Date

Issue 4 Publication Date

Hello Readers! We are currently working on the layout for Montana Mouthful Issue 4, themed “Clowning Around.” You won’t want to miss the stories, poems, and artwork in this issue, which features actual clowns but also incidents and scenarios that in some way connect to […]

Extended Submission Deadline for Issue 4

Extended Submission Deadline for Issue 4

The submission deadline for Montana Mouthful Issue 4 – themed “clowning around” – has been extended by one week. The new deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 20.

While we’ll continue to accept submissions in all categories – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork – we are especially in need of more images, so send us your photography and artwork!

Thank you,

Montana Mouthful staff

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for Issue 4

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for Issue 4

Greetings! We hope everyone had a restful holiday season and a Happy New Year! The staff of Montana Mouthful took a much needed break during the end of 2018, but now we’re back and seeking submissions for our fourth issue, which is scheduled for publication […]

And now for our 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominees…

And now for our 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominees…

During our inaugural year of publication, we received many outstanding works of short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and artwork. Now, it’s our pleasure to announce Montana Mouthful’s nominations for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. “Once Upon a Time” by Rich Furman – Nonfiction – (Vol 1, […]

Montana Mouthful “Haunting” Issue is Live!

Montana Mouthful “Haunting” Issue is Live!

Issue 3 is here, and it’s full of eerie stories, poems, and images submitted by some very talented writers and artists. The issue also includes the winners of our Montana (406) Flash Fiction contest as well as a nonfiction essay written by one of The Shop University’s students.

You can read Montana Mouthful Issue 3 here.

If you’d like to own a copy of Issue 3, you can purchase digital and print copies here.

During the upcoming weeks, we’ll highlight the writers and artists included in this issue, so stay tuned to learn more about these accomplished individuals. Many have included their social media and website links; we encourage you to follow them!

Once again, we are extremely thankful to those who submitted work to us and for the continued support of our readers. We also appreciate any shares and likes, so we can spread the word about Montana Mouthful. We hope you enjoy our chilliest, most haunting issue yet.

Sincerely,

The Editors of Montana Mouthful

Montana (406) Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

Montana (406) Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

The staff of Montana Mouthful extend a big sky thank you to everyone who entered our Montana (406) Flash Fiction Contest. (406) is Montana’s area code, so for this flash fiction contest, we asked writers to send us a story that fulfilled two criteria: the […]

What’s Happening Lately?

Greetings Montana Mouthful followers! It’s been almost one year since we launched Montana Mouthful literary magazine, and it was a year of great joy as we will have published three outstanding issues by the close of 2018. However, it was also a year of great […]

Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 and a Flash Fiction Contest

Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 and a Flash Fiction Contest

Greetings!

On Monday, we published the second issue of Montana Mouthful, themed “secrets.” If you’ve not yet seen this fantastic issue, you can read it on ISSUU for free, or you can purchase digital and print copies on MagCloud.

Now that Issue 2 is out, we’re seeking submissions for our third issue, and the theme for this issue is “haunted.” While we encourage stories, poetry, and artwork about Halloween, poltergeists, and all things ghostly, we’re also interested in other types of hauntings. For instance, perhaps a character is haunted by the memory of a loved one, of a road not taken, or of a deed left undone. Let your imagination roam over variations on the theme of “haunted.”

Submissions are open from July 5, 2018 – September 2, 2018. Please review our submission guidelines carefully. We do not accept any prose or poetry over 2,000 words.

Submissions are read and judged blindly, so please DO NOT put your name on the piece itself.

You are encouraged to submit a short biography. Bios must be written in third person and should be no longer than 3-5 sentences. You are also encouraged to share your personal websites and/or social media sites in your biography, so we can help promote your work.

What haunts you or your characters? We can’t wait to find out!

We have also extended the deadline for our Montana (406) Contest. (406) is Montana’s area code, and for our first flash fiction contest, we challenge writers to send us a story that:

  • is exactly 406 words (not counting the title),
  • and includes the word “Montana” somewhere in the piece.

As long as you adhere to the above rules, you can take the story on any tangent you wish. Please review our submission guidelines for the contestOne entry per person, please. No gratuitous sex or violence.

The deadline for contest entries is September 2, 2018, and the winning stories will be featured in Issue 3, which will be published during autumn 2018.  The contest entry fee is $10.

The top three stories will be included in Issue 3 of Montana Mouthful, and the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st place – $125 + print copy of Issue 2
  • 2nd place – $75 + print copy of Issue 2
  • 3rd place – $25 + print copy of Issue 2

 

Thank you and good luck from the Montana Mouthful editing team!