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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, […]

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “Road Trip” Issue

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “Road Trip” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and photography/artwork for its “Road Trip” issue.

What drives you out the door to experience life on the open road? Is it to visit family? Do you crave new scenery? Is it to deal with a tragedy? Sheer restlessness? Simple curiosity? Or perhaps you have to relocate for work, family, or pleasure? And once on the road, what mishaps/miracles/unexpected events occur? We’re looking for great road trip stories, essays, poems, or unique photographs/artwork. As always, we’re less interested in anecdotes and more interested in stories full of tension.  

Submissions for this trippin’ issue will open June 25, 2021 and close on August 31, 2021.  Our plan is to publish the “Road Trip” issue on October 25, 2021.

Furthermore, we’re going to run a contest. Keep your eyes open for contest information later this summer. Winners will be published in the Road Trip issue.  Again, we’ll post those details at a later date, so keep checking our social media platforms so you can participate.

Please review our submission guidelines carefully. We do not accept any prose over 2,000 words nor poetry over 1,000 words. We are currently a non-paying market.  

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 3-4 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!

Montana Mouthful’s “Blessing in Disguise” issue is live!

Montana Mouthful’s “Blessing in Disguise” issue is live!

It’s that time again! Our “Blessing in Disguise” issue is live! As we all know, the previous year presented enormous challenges on a global scale due to the Coronavirus. Stress has been at an all-time high for many people on many levels. Bearing this in […]

Montana Mouthful seeks submissions for “A Blessing in Disguise” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks submissions for “A Blessing in Disguise” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography for its next issue, themed “A Blessing in Disguise.” Most of us are familiar with this phrase – when an apparent misfortune turns up positive results after a time. We look forward to receiving a variety of […]

Montana Mouthful’s “Out of This World” Issue is Here

Montana Mouthful’s “Out of This World” Issue is Here

Montana Mouthful editors are excited to announce the publication of the “Out of This World” issue!

It’s been a year since many parts of the United States went into lockdown due to COVID-19, and that year has been stressful to say the least. Our previous issue, themed “Quarantine,” gave us a sobering look into the reality of COVID-19. After such an intense issue, we’re excited to offer you the chance to escape into unexpected, awe-inspiring “other” worlds.  

As one might expect, we begin in outer space, but we’ll also travel inwards, into the human (and robot) psyches. We’ll spend time in spaceships and on other planets, but we’ll also spend time at a catered party, on a train underwater, and on a simulator ride at the National Air and Space Museum. There are meteors and hummingbirds and a neighbor’s sofa on the sidewalk. And then there is the issue’s artwork, which we found particularly captivating. We say it often, but we want to reiterate it here: our contributors are extremely talented at what they do, and we couldn’t be more excited to present their work to you.

Here is the link to Our Current Issue web page where you’ll find links to read the issue for free online and where you can purchase print-on-demand copies.

Without further delay, we wish you happy reading as you head out of this world. 

Sincerely,

The Montana Mouthful Editors

Upcoming Issue and MM’s March Mondays Fundraiser

Upcoming Issue and MM’s March Mondays Fundraiser

Greetings Readers and Followers of Montana Mouthful Magazine, Just two weeks from today, we’ll be releasing our “Out of This World” issue. We just finished proofing the issue, and I must say, this is one of my favorites. On the morning of March 15, we’ll […]

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for an”Out of This World” Issue

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for an”Out of This World” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography for its 9th issue, and this time the theme is “Out of This World.” It’s a broad theme, open to several interpretations. For instance, perhaps “out of this world” sparks ideas of sci-fi adventures, or an out-of-body […]

The “Quarantine” Issue is Live!

The “Quarantine” Issue is Live!

At Montana Mouthful, our aim is to publish three issues per year, and generally, we have an idea of the year’s themes well in advance. However, around the time we published “The Great Outdoors” issue, COVID-19 was becoming an increasingly serious issue across the globe. We decided to scrap the theme we had in place for the third of issue of the year and instead put out a call for work related to the theme of “Quarantine.” We took submissions throughout the summer months. During that time, Coronavirus numbers were decreasing in many place after what was a concerning late-winter and spring for many people in a number of countries. Today, as we publish the “Quarantine” issue, COVID-19 numbers are again increasing. Of course, this is very concerning, and we hope everyone is remaining safe, healthy, and as calm as possible.

This issue broke submission records at Montana Mouthful; the worldwide impact of COVID-19 and the global quarantines sparked an outpouring of thoughts and feelings that so many people captured in stories, essays, poems, and artwork. On some level, we wish we could publish everything that was sent to us, for each item was a sincere attempt to show and make sense of what’s going on. Alas, we have only so much room in the magazine, but to everyone who submitted, we give a heartfelt thank you.

In the following pages, you’ll find a variety of responses to what’s happening in the world at the moment. These times are scary and stressful, but they are also filled with love and hope.  Contributors, thank you for these wonderful pieces, and Readers, do check out the biography pages to learn more about the individuals whose work makes up this beautiful issue.

The issue also includes our ESL feature as well as a nonfiction piece by guest contributor, Sarah Raymont, in the “Editor’s Enclosure” section. In it, Sarah writes about the quarantine experience from Brooklyn, New York.

Here is the link to Our Current Issue web page where you’ll find links to read the issue for free online (via ISSUU) and where you may purchase print-on-demand copies. (You may notice that we changed our print-on-demand service from Magcloud to Peecho.)

Thank you for your readership, contributions, and support. Mainly, we wish you safety, hope, and happiness during these challenging times.

The Montana Mouthful Editors

Upcoming Issue and Print-on-Demand Service Update

Upcoming Issue and Print-on-Demand Service Update

Hello Montana Mouthful Readers! We’ve just completed the initial proofing for the “Quarantine” issue, which comes out next Monday, October 19th. We received an astounding amount of submissions for the issue, no doubt because the Coronavirus quarantine has touched the lives of just about everyone […]

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “Quarantine” Issue

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “Quarantine” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography for its 8th issue, themed “Quarantine.” The quarantine caused by the Coronavirus has generated much stress, but it’s also allowed many people time for reflection and creative pursuits to help alleviate that stress. We expect many different […]

Need Some Fresh Air? “The Great Outdoors” Issue is Live!

Need Some Fresh Air? “The Great Outdoors” Issue is Live!

When we put out the call for submissions for Montana Mouthful’s “The Great Outdoors” issue, the Coronavirus had yet to cause great concern here in the U.S. Since that time, however, most of us have been in quarantine, adhering to social-distancing guidelines to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

Coincidentally, escaping into the great outdoors has been one of the few recreational activities open to us during the past few months, so perhaps you’ll find familiarity, inspiration, or even comfort in the stories, essays, poetry, and artwork in our latest issue.

As always, we extend a big thank you to our contributors. Without their submissions, we’d have no magazine at all. We hope you check out the biography pages where you can discover more about these talented individuals. Some contributors include links to their websites and social media pages, so you can follow them and view more of their work. 

“The Great Outdoors” is a broad theme, and we were delighted by the variety of takes submitted to us. In this issue, the “outdoors” includes everything from backyards all the way to outer space. We visit gardens, mountains, lakes, beaches, the ocean, and even another planet. We feel the issue is best enjoyed in your favorite outdoor space.

The issue also includes our usual ESL feature as well as a reflective nonfiction story by co-editor, Cari Divine, about a childhood incident at her family’s cabin.

All right, time to get outside! Here is the link to Our Current Issue web page where you’ll find a link to read the issue for free online (via ISSUU), and a link where you may purchase digital and print-on-demand copies (via Magcloud).

Thanks again to our contributors and thank you to all of our readers. We hope you remain safe and healthy during these stressful times!