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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 “Quarantine” Issue

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “Quarantine” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography for its 8th issue, themed “Quarantine.”

The quarantine caused by the Coronavirus has generated much stress, but it’s also allowed many people time for reflection and creative pursuits to help alleviate that stress. We expect many different emotional responses related to the theme of “Quarantine.”

Perhaps you took photographs of what life looked like inside your home during this time. Maybe you wrote a poem about feelings of isolation. Perhaps you were inspired to write letters to loved ones whom you could not visit in person.

As always, we expect many variations on the theme as well as many different perspectives. What was the quarantine like for single people? What was it like for couples? For children? What was life like for the elderly or for those with compromised immune systems? What was it like for essential workers, such as doctors, nurses, cleaners, and transportation drivers? What was the quarantine like in rural areas? What was it like in cities? Etc.

Submissions for this issue are open from June 15, 2020 – September 7, 2020. We aim to publish the “Quarantine” issue on October 19, 2020. Please review our submissions guidelines carefully. We do not accept any prose over 2,000 words nor poetry over 1,000 words. For artists/photographers: please be sure your images are at least 300 ppi.

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 websites and social media pages, so we can help promote you and your work.

While it’s stated on our Submittable page, on our Duotrope page, and on our website, we’d like to reiterate here: although we’re working hard to raise funds to pay our contributors, or to give them a print copy of the issue in which they’re featured, we are currently a non-paying market. If you’d like to help us raise more funds, we would appreciate it! Please check out our website and social media pages for ways and opportunities to do so. Thank you.

Here is a link to our Submittable page. Good luck from the Montana Mouthful team!

Need Some Fresh Air? “The Great Outdoors” Issue is Live!

Need Some Fresh Air? “The Great Outdoors” Issue is Live!

When we put out the call for submissions for Montana Mouthful’s “The Great Outdoors” issue, the Coronavirus had yet to cause great concern here in the U.S. Since that time, however, most of us have been in quarantine, adhering to social-distancing guidelines to keep ourselves […]

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “The Great Outdoors” Issue

Montana Mouthful Seeks Submissions for “The Great Outdoors” Issue

Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork submissions for its next issue, and this time the theme is “The Great Outdoors.” In Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction, she divides conflict into six basic types, one of which is Man versus Nature. For this issue, we’re […]

Ready for Love Gone Awry? Our latest issue is live!

Ready for Love Gone Awry? Our latest issue is live!

Although we yearn for the perfect romantic relationships, sometimes we’re left disappointed. Most of us have faced romantic disillusionment at some point in our lives, and in this latest issue of Montana Mouthful, some very talented writers, artists, and poets give us their takes on “Romance Gone Wrong.”

We’d like to thank our contributors for sharing these compelling variations on love gone awry. Some of the included pieces are sad, some are funny, some are downright frightening, but all of them are beautifully executed. We encourage you to check out the Biography pages to learn more about the individuals who contributed to this issue.

We’re also pleased to announce two new items. The first is a new feature called “Editors’ Enclosure,” a space where one of the editors may share a story, poem, or artwork. In this issue, Jasmine Swaney Lamb contributes a nonfiction piece about romance gone wrong with parts of herself.

Secondly, at the end of the issue, you’ll notice a page with some advertising information. If you’d like to include an ad in an upcoming issue, please read that page and get in touch with us.

Without further ado, here is the link to Our Current Issue web page where you’ll find a link to read the issue for free online, and a link where you may purchase digital and print-on-demand copies.

Thanks again to our contributors and thank you to all of our readers. Your continued support means so much to us!

We hope you enjoy this latest issue!

Submissions Closed for “Romance Gone Wrong” Issue

Submissions Closed for “Romance Gone Wrong” Issue

As of midnight last night, submissions closed for our “Romance Gone Wrong” issue. We received a record-breaking amount of work, so thanks to everyone who submitted for this issue! Montana Mouthful continues to gain interest and followers, and we thank everyone who reads, submits, and […]

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, […]

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 hope you take the time to enjoy this beautiful issue.

Where can you find it? Click here to find links to our ISSUU site, where you can read the issue online for free, and to our MagCloud site, where you can purchase digital and print-on-demand copies.

Thanks to everyone who contributed such fine stories, poems, and artwork for the issue, and thank you, Readers, for continuing to support us.

Enjoy!

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 […]

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 from elementary school to the post graduate level. However, some of the best “schooling” is dished out in circumstances far removed from the classroom. Perhaps you were “schooled” by a job, a best friend, or any number of unexpected situations. Let your imagination run wild. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Submissions are open from June 16, 2019 – August 12, 2019. We aim to publish the “Schooling” Issue on September 23, 2019, when the majority of folks are in “back to school” mode. 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!