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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 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!

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 […]

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 one of our co-founders and co-editors, Lisa Huff. During the end of 2017, Lisa was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. She approached the cancer as she approached so many things in life, with bravery and grace, but sadly Lisa died on May 25, 2018. Of course, we are devastated to have lost the companionship of such a creative, vibrant woman, one who was always brimming with stories and laughter.

In honor of our friend, Issue 2 will include a tribute to Lisa, and although words alone can never fully express who she was, two of our editors have written beautiful tributes. In Holly Alastra’s opening Letter from the Editor, she writes of Lisa, [she] endured her diagnosis with as much hope and optimism as a person possibly could. Her positive attitude in the face of her own mortality awed me. Included in Stacy Collette’s dedication are these lines, One of the most consistent elements Lisa brought to our meetings was her indomitable spirit. She would walk into the house with a smile and quip from the day, and she exuded so much life as she offered constructive feedback, interpretation of unfinished works, and ways to run the business of Montana Mouthful.

As we transition our thoughts to the upcoming publication of Issue 2, we hope you will join us in keeping Lisa’s spirit alive by meeting life bravely with a creative and joyful spirit.

 

 

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 […]

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 […]