A Literary Magazine

A Literary Magazine

Helena, Montana

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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 Update and New Instagram Series

Greetings MM Community, After we published our debut issue, MM staff took a brief hiatus to regroup and celebrate more than a year’s work dedicated to creating a new literary magazine. Now we’re back, refreshed, and focused on Issue 2. The theme of our second […]

Seeking Submissions for Issue 2 and a Contest

Seeking Submissions for Issue 2 and a Contest

Greetings!

Last Thursday, we published the first issue of Montana Mouthful! We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, and we hope you enjoy the inaugural issue if you’ve not yet read it. You can read the issue for free, and you can also purchase digital and print copies.

Now, we seek submissions for the second issue, and the theme is “secrets.” As human beings, we alternate between showing and hiding parts of ourselves to others. For this issue, we’re interested in stories, poems, and artwork related to that which is hidden. What secret will you reveal? We look forward to finding out.

Submissions are open from February 19, 2018 – May 2, 2018. Please review our submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your work is considered. We do not accept any prose over 2,000 words.

Furthermore, we seek submissions for our very first contest. Are you ready for a flash fiction challenge? (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
  • features 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 contest. One entry per person, please. No gratuitous sex or violence.

The contest is open from February 19, 2018 – May 2, 2018. Contest entry fee is $10.

The top three stories will be included in Issue 2 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!

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue is Live!

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue is Live!

We are excited to share our inaugural issue of Montana Mouthful Magazine!  More than a year of planning and preparation by the MM staff has led to this exciting moment, and we sincerely thank all of the writers and artists who had confidence in us […]

Making Time for Your Writing or Art in Four Easy Steps

Making Time for Your Writing or Art in Four Easy Steps

  I have a confession. Many writers and artists struggle to find time to practice their craft. But not me. Of course, it’s not because I’m an efficient time manager who operates on a set routine. No, it’s quite the opposite. You see, my life […]

Montana Mouthful joins Literistic’s “Friends Program”

Montana Mouthful joins Literistic’s “Friends Program”

We are proud to add a new link on our Partners webpage! Montana Mouthful has recently joined Literistic’s “Friends Program,” and we are excited to share this information with you. 

Literistic provides deadlines for submissions to literary magazines, contests, and more. Each month, Literstic sends an email with a list of deadlines for the following month. You can join Literistic for free and receive their monthly “shortlist.” However, for an annual fee, you can join Literistic’s “long list,” which includes 30-40% more information and the ability to customize your search. If you love to write and wish to be published but struggle with tracking submission deadlines for various publications, you’ll find Literistic’s monthly email helpful and comprehensive. I joined Literistic’s “long list” in 2016, and I continue to use it.

So, what’s the scoop on Literistic’s “Friends Program”?

Literistic has provided Montana Mouthful with our own link. The link can be found on our Partners page. If you click through to Literistic using this link, and if you choose to sign up for their annual or patron subscription, Montana Mouthful will receive $15. So, joining Literistic is not only a great way to stay informed and organized as a writer, but it’s also a way you can support our literary magazine. 

Please check out the link and consider purchasing an annual subscription to support our literary dream!

Stick with Us

Stick with Us

Thank you   During our two months of launch mania, we have been humbled and energized by the fans of our fledgling magazine and the writers and artists who’ve already submitted work. We want to personally thank our early supporters who pasted our Montana Mouthful stickers […]

Winter Community Story

Winter Community Story

If you missed it, our first Montana Mouthful Community Story was a success! Fifteen people contributed lines for our eerie Halloween tale. Thanks again! For the next community story, we’ve added a twist: the story happens in two parts. First, from now until Friday, November […]

Finding Beauty

Finding Beauty

One of the things that inspires me the most is the visual arts. A picture of the simplest object or an obscure reference piques my interest and shifts my focus from the daily grind to a place of creativity where I am free to focus my viewpoint into a finite place to write.

The above photo was taken on the first day of a big snow after a harrowing trip 50 miles through a local mountain pass.  Although I was grateful to be tucked safely behind my desk that fateful day, the image of that front tire cutting through the two lane road before the snowplow reminded me of how we all take risks: creative risks, personal risks, professional risks, and beyond our control, we are blessed with an unexpected element of beauty.

No matter your interpretation of the photo, I hope this image brings you a moment of creativity.

Photographers and artists, we look forward to receiving your work. The submission deadline for our debut issue is December 15th, and you can submit up to 10 items.

Take some risks, and thank you in advance for sharing.

photo credit: Eliza Wiley

Creating Narrative Nonfiction

Creating Narrative Nonfiction

Narrative nonfiction is a favorite genre of mine as it allows one to blend story-telling with factual information. The genre is also known by other names, such as creative nonfiction and literary journalism.  If you’re a writer who’s never attempted this genre but would like […]

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

The Montana Mouthful Staff can’t wait to read your story. But before you click submit, the following three questions may help you evaluate your work. Where is your story? With 2,000 words or less, we only have time for one primary setting. Are there rich […]