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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 “Romance Gone Wrong” Issue

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “Romance Gone Wrong” Issue

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, a misunderstanding, a lack of communication, or any number of reasons why the romance is derailed. We expect a number of stories, poems, and images that revolve around intimate relationships between two people; however, the relationship need not be intimate in nature nor just between people. One definition of “romance” is “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.” Perhaps the romance gone wrong is within a person’s interior. Perhaps it was a romance gone wrong between a man and his pet dog. The key to this theme is that the romance has headed in the wrong direction. Let your imaginations roam. We’re always pleasantly surprised by the variations on the themes, and we expect nothing different with this call for new work.

Submissions are open from October 15, 2019 – December 15, 2019. We aim to publish the “Romance Gone Wrong” Issue on February 10, 2020, just days before Valentine’s Day when, unfortunately, some romances go very wrong despite best intentions. 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 be Schooled? Our latest issue is live!

Ready to be Schooled? Our latest issue is live!

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 […]

Submission Deadline Extended for “Schooling” Issue

Submission Deadline Extended for “Schooling” Issue

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 […]

Fundraising and Upcoming Events

Fundraising and Upcoming Events

Hello Montana Mouthful community!

In Helena, we’re welcoming warm weather after a rather cool spring, but behind the scenes, things have been heating up since we received our 501(c)3 nonprofit status. We’ve been pulling together ideas for fundraisers, events, and workshops, so we can continue to publish this beautiful literary magazine.

Montana Mouthful is a free digital magazine with a print-on-demand option. Our vision is to continue to provide the digital magazine for free, and to keep the print-on-demand option, but to eventually sell print subscriptions in the future. Another primary goal is to pay our contributors, since we understand and appreciate how much work goes into creating great writing and artwork. To accomplish these goals, we need your help, so we’ve attached a donate button to this post on our Facebook page. If you enjoy the magazine, we’d appreciate any donation to keep it going.

Furthermore, one of our first local events will be at Snow Hop Brewery on Wednesday, August 28th. If you’re in the Helena area, please join us and learn more about our literary magazine. Montana Mouthful publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from writers and artists around the world, but we love publishing work from fellow Montanans. We hope to see you there!

Other upcoming fundraisers and events include a Patreon campaign and some winter writing workshops. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as these events come up.

Last but not least, as a reminder, we’re currently open for submissions for our “Schooling” issue until August 12th, with the publication date scheduled for September 23rd, so keep polishing those school-related stories, essays, poems, and images.

Thanks so much for your readership, submissions, and support!

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 […]

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 the theme. The scheduled publication date for Issue 4 is April 29th.

In the meantime, winter is slowly releasing its grip on Montana. We are happy for more sunshine and warmer days. Stay tuned and stay warm!

MM Staff

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 […]

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, Issue 1);
  • “Heartbeat” by Jacob Melvin – Fiction – (Vol 1, Issue 1);
  • “Peaceful Spaceship Cottage” by Candice Kelsey – Nonfiction – (Vol 1, Issue 2);
  • “River Song” by Candy Bedworth – Nonfiction – (Vol 1, Issue 2);
  • “Strawberries for Breakfast” by Tim Hatton – Fiction – (Vol 1, Issue 2);
  • “Madeline and the Eternal Storm” by Rebecca Khera – Fiction – (Vol 1, Issue 3).

Congratulations to our nominees!