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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, […]

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!

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 […]

What’s Happening Lately?

Greetings Montana Mouthful followers!

It’s been almost one year since we launched Montana Mouthful literary magazine, and it was a year of great joy as we will have published three outstanding issues by the close of 2018. However, it was also a year of great sorrow as we lost one of our editors and founding members, Lisa Huff. We’ve learned many lessons during our initial year of publication, and in 2019, we will be operating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit so that we can continue to publish and raise funds to keep the magazine running.

Our third magazine, the “haunted” issue, will feature many eerie stories, poems, and images. It’s scheduled to publish on October 29, just in time for Halloween. We were thrilled to receive an extraordinary amount of submissions for this issue, and we’re honored that so many writers and artists wish to have their work published in Montana Mouthful. Thank you!

We have also made our final selections for The Montana 406 Flash Fiction contest; check out our website on October 22nd, when we’ll announce the winners!

While we’re busy putting together Issue 3, we encourage you to check out the following “local” literary opportunities:

  • The Montana Book Festival will be held next weekend, from September 27 – 30, in downtown Missoula. The festival includes poetry events, readings, panel discussions, and a book fair.
  • If you like writing shorts, Cutbank’s “Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest” is open until September 30th. Stories must be 750 words or less, fiction or nonfiction. Check out Cutbank’s submission guidelines page for more information.

Thanks again for your continued support, and we look forward to publishing a spooky issue for the holidays.

Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 and a Flash Fiction Contest

Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 and a Flash Fiction Contest

Greetings! On Monday, we published the second issue of Montana Mouthful, themed “secrets.” If you’ve not yet seen this fantastic issue, you can read it on ISSUU for free, or you can purchase digital and print copies on MagCloud. Now that Issue 2 is out, we’re seeking submissions […]

In Loving Memory of our Co-Editor and Friend, Lisa Huff

In Loving Memory of our Co-Editor and Friend, Lisa Huff

Hello Montana Mouthful Community, We recognize that our social media presence has been less than usual, but behind the scenes we’re busy finalizing the layout of Issue 2 of Montana Mouthful, which will be published next week. However, we’ve also been grieving the loss of […]

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 issue is “Secrets,” and submissions have been rolling in. We’re excited to showcase more short fiction, nonfiction, and artwork plus poetry and a new, local feature that we’ll discuss soon. If you’d like to submit, the deadline is May 2, 2018.We’re also accepting submissions for our first flash fiction contest, Montana(406).  Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we’re developing a few local events, so stay tuned for more information during the upcoming months. As always, we appreciate everyone’s support, readership, and creative contributions.

Speaking of creative contributions, we’ve started a new series on our Instagram page called, “Book Reading, Pet Feeding.” How many of you are avid readers and pet owners? If so, how often do you find yourself in the following situation: you’ve just settled down with a book and one of your favorite snacks when, from over your shoulder (or from your lap or your feet), you sense the presence of a furry friend? It might look similar to this:

This photograph captures Greta’s (black lab) response to my question, “Are you here for a story from Idries Shah’s, Tales of the Dervishes, or are you here for the dried mango?” (Clearly, the food.)

So, if you’re an Instagramer, book lover, and pet owner, please join the fun by:

  • capturing a photograph similar to the one shown;
  • posting the photo to your IG page and include a) the title and author of the book or magazine you’re reading, and b) what your pet is eating (or would like to eat);
  • including the hashtags #MontanaMouthful, #bookreading, and #petfeeding in your post, so we can follow along.

From time to time, we’ll select a winning photograph and share it on our social media outlets.

Until next time, happy reading, writing, and creating,

Jasmine

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 […]

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 […]