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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, […]

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 fifth Montana Mouthful issue this autumn.

https://montanamouthful.submittable.com/submit

Thank you,

Montana Mouthful team

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 […]

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 theme, and we’re thrilled to have received so many powerful stories and images. Our contributors are a talented bunch, and we thank them for their work!

This link takes you to Our Current Issue web page, where you can find further links to read the new issue online and to purchase digital or print-on-demand copies.

During the upcoming weeks, we’ll highlight the writers and artists included in this issue, so stay tuned to learn more about these talented individuals. Many have shared their social media and website links, and we encourage you to follow them.

In other news, we are still in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status, but when we do, we’ll have some new, exciting things to share with you here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On that note, thanks for all of the shares, likes, and comments!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the clowning around that takes place in our latest issue. If you feel inspired to contribute, start brainstorming on the theme of “schooling” (or some variation on “school” or “schooled”) as this will be the theme of our next issue. Submissions will open again on June 16, 2019 and close on August 12, 2019, with an estimated publication date of September 23, 2019.

Thanks so much for your continued support, contributions, and readership!

The Editors of Montana Mouthful

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 […]

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 on April 29, 2019.

The theme for Issue 4 is “clowning around.” This idiom means to joke, play, or act in a silly way. We can’t wait to see all the variations on the theme, and we anticipate some actual clowns – the red nose variety – in the mix. However, be sure your piece builds toward something more than a punch line. We seek strong stories, not anecdotes. For instance, perhaps a character’s antics ends up in tragedy for another. Etc.

Submissions are open from January 3, 2019 – February 13, 2019. 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 sites in your biography, so we can help promote your work.

We want to remind everyone that you can read and/or purchase our first three issues here.We received some outstanding work during 2018, and we look forward to publishing during 2019.

Good luck from the Montana Mouthful team!

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, […]

Montana Mouthful “Haunting” Issue is Live!

Montana Mouthful “Haunting” Issue is Live!

Issue 3 is here, and it’s full of eerie stories, poems, and images submitted by some very talented writers and artists. The issue also includes the winners of our Montana (406) Flash Fiction contest as well as a nonfiction essay written by one of The Shop […]

Montana (406) Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

Montana (406) Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

The staff of Montana Mouthful extend a big sky thank you to everyone who entered our Montana (406) Flash Fiction Contest. (406) is Montana’s area code, so for this flash fiction contest, we asked writers to send us a story that fulfilled two criteria: the story had to be exactly 406 words (not including the title), and the word “Montana” had to be included somewhere in the piece. This was no easy writing challenge; the brevity and conditions made it difficult indeed.

Now, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce the winners!

  • First Place goes to Robert Briwa for his story, “No Exit, Montana.” Robert receives $125 and a print copy of Issue 3.
  • Second Place goes to T.L. Sherwood for her story, “The Weight.” T.L. receives $75 and a print copy of Issue 3.
  • Third Place goes to Julie Reeser for her story, “Discovery.” She receives $25 and a print copy of Issue 3.

The winning stories will be included in Montana Mouthful Issue 3, which will be published next Monday, October 29th.  Once Issue 3 is live, we will share the links where you can read the issue for free or where you can purchase digital and print copies.

Congratulations to our winners, and we look forward to sharing their flash fiction stories with you next Monday!