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 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 […]
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, […]
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
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 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 […]
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!
Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork submissions for its next issue, and this time the theme is “The Great Outdoors.” In Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction, she divides conflict into six basic types, one of which is Man versus Nature. For this issue, we’re […]
Although we yearn for the perfect romantic relationships, sometimes we’re left disappointed. Most of us have faced romantic disillusionment at some point in our lives, and in this latest issue of Montana Mouthful, some very talented writers, artists, and poets give us their takes on […]
As of midnight last night, submissions closed for our “Romance Gone Wrong” issue. We received a record-breaking amount of work, so thanks to everyone who submitted for this issue! Montana Mouthful continues to gain interest and followers, and we thank everyone who reads, submits, and shares the magazine with others.
Now begins the editors’ tasks of selecting work, contacting contributors, and working on layout. We aim to publish the “Romance Gone Wrong” issue on February 10, 2020.
We will open again for submissions sometime during mid-February, and the next theme, selected by those who voted on our Facebook poll, will be “The Great Outdoors.”
In the meantime, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and New Year. We also want to thank those who contributed to our recent Facebook fundraiser. We couldn’t do what we do without your support!
Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork for its next issue, and this time the theme is “Romance Gone Wrong.” Most of us have been there before; we’re into a new romance, things are going well, then suddenly everything changes. There’s betrayal, an accident, […]
We’re pleased to announce that our latest issue of Montana Mouthful is live! This issue is full of stories, poems, and artwork that have some connection to the idea of “schooling.” Once again, the editors were blown away by the variations on the theme. We […]
Submissions are pouring in for our “Schooling” issue; however, we are extending the deadline to September 2, 2019. We are especially in need of more artwork for the issue, so please spread the word to the artists out there! We look forward to publishing our fifth Montana Mouthful issue this autumn.
Montana Mouthful team