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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, […]

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 to publish this beautiful literary magazine.

Montana Mouthful is a free digital magazine with a print-on-demand option. Our vision is to continue to provide the digital magazine for free, and to keep the print-on-demand option, but to eventually sell print subscriptions in the future. Another primary goal is to pay our contributors, since we understand and appreciate how much work goes into creating great writing and artwork. To accomplish these goals, we need your help, so we’ve attached a donate button to this post on our Facebook page. If you enjoy the magazine, we’d appreciate any donation to keep it going.

Furthermore, one of our first local events will be at Snow Hop Brewery on Wednesday, August 28th. If you’re in the Helena area, please join us and learn more about our literary magazine. Montana Mouthful publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from writers and artists around the world, but we love publishing work from fellow Montanans. We hope to see you there!

Other upcoming fundraisers and events include a Patreon campaign and some winter writing workshops. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as these events come up.

Last but not least, as a reminder, we’re currently open for submissions for our “Schooling” issue until August 12th, with the publication date scheduled for September 23rd, so keep polishing those school-related stories, essays, poems, and images.

Thanks so much for your readership, submissions, and support!

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 […]

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 the theme. The scheduled publication date for Issue 4 is April 29th.

In the meantime, winter is slowly releasing its grip on Montana. We are happy for more sunshine and warmer days. Stay tuned and stay warm!

MM Staff

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 […]

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.