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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 work for its “Lost and Found” issue!

Montana Mouthful seeks work for its “Lost and Found” issue!

So many things can be lost and found: ideas, material items, relationships, and more. We often experience great sorrow at the loss of something, only to experience great joy at its finding. However, the opposite is also true – something one wishes to lose is found again and again through bad habits or coincidence or even poor luck. “Lost and Found” also applies to those catch-all baskets, lockers, and boxes that house miscellaneous items left by individuals in various places. What does “Lost and Found” mean to you, and how can you present it in a short story, essay, poem, or artwork? We can’t wait to find out, so tighten your thinking caps and spread the word.

Submissions will be open from Monday, November 1, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022. We aim to publish the “Lost and Found” issue on Monday, February 21, 2022.

Remember writers, we’re looking for work that’s full of tension. Strive for something more than a description or punch-line ending. Artists and photographers, we look forward to seeing what you come up with for this somewhat challenging theme.

As a reminder: Montana Mouthful is a non-paying market. At this time, we cannot compensate you for your work, and this includes sending contributors a print-on-demand copy. We completely understand if this is a deal-breaker for you and you choose not to send us work; we just want to be clear.

Our Submission page has the links and information you need. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

We can’t wait to see what comes our way in the “lost and found” department!

Good luck from the Montana Mouthful team.

Beep! Beep! The “Road Trip” issue is here!

Beep! Beep! The “Road Trip” issue is here!

Take a moment out of your busy day, and come along with us on a journey through the pages of Montana Mouthful’s latest issue where writers and artists guide us on various road trips through time and space. Reasons for rolling down the road are […]

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? […]

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 mind, we selected the “Blessing in Disguise” theme with the hope that we’d receive stories, essays, artwork, and poems that offered inspiring or uplifting endings in the wake of challenging situations, as it’s likely we could all use some silver linings at this point. Well, the submissions rolled in and we were not disappointed! This issue’s contributors are a very talented group of writers and artists who were able to locate the good in what were (or appeared to be) bad situations, and they did it beautifully.

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.

We hope you enjoy this latest issue and continue to find blessings in your own life.

Sincerely,

The Montana Mouthful Editors

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 […]

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 publish a post that includes links where you can read and purchase this stunning issue, so stay tuned for some amazing, eclectic writing and artwork related to things out of this world. If this is the first you’re hearing about Montana Mouthful, you can find previous issues here.

In the meantime, we continue to highlight those who contributed to our “Quarantine” issue on our social media outlets.

Last, but certainly not least, we’re using this space to introduce our current digital fundraiser, one we’ve titled Montana Mouthful’s March Mondays Fundraiser.  

Here’s how it works: there are 5 Mondays in March 2021. Each Monday this month, beginning today, we’ll set a one-day FB fundraiser with the goal of reaching $200 by the end of the 24 hours. Therefore, the overall goal is to raise at least $1,000 during the month of March. (Of course, if we raise more, all the better!)

What does the money go toward? We’re glad you asked. Funds raised for Montana Mouthful go toward our operating costs. Because we are a digital magazine, we utilize Submittable (our submission manager), GoDaddy (our web-hosting), ISSUU (where you read our lovely issues for free), and Element L Design (our very talented graphic designer/layout man, Luke Duran).

If you enjoy reading our issues, please consider donating on one of these Mondays during March. Every little bit helps, and we great appreciate the support. Thank you!

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. […]

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 in some shape or form. We think you’ll really enjoy the upcoming issue, so be sure to check back here next Monday to enjoy the stories, poems, essays and artwork.

We also want to let you know that we’ve changed our print-on-demand company from Magcloud to Peecho. Unfortunately, we (and others) experienced some technical difficulties with print-on-demand orders for the past few issues, so we decided to go with a new service. To find links for print-on-demand copies of each issue, simply go to Our Current Issue webpage. You will find a link to the “Quarantine” issue once it’s published next Monday.

Thank you for your continued support and readership. We look forward to publishing the “Quarantine” issue next week!