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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 […]

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 new, regular feature that showcases stories written by students who are currently taking intensive English classes at The Shop University, a nonprofit located in downtown Helena that specializes in ESL training and instruction. Also included in Issue 2 is a tribute to our dear friend and co-editor, Lisa Huff. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the staff of Montana Mouthful, but we are happy to deliver another issue that we think you’ll enjoy on so many levels.

As always, we sincerely thank all of the writers and artists who’ve submitted work to us for this issue. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll highlight the writers and artists featured in Issue 2 on our social media outlets. Stay tuned to learn more about these talented individuals. 

Now, let’s get to the nitty gritty:

Montana Mouthful’s “Secrets” Issue can be read for free on ISSUU.

If you’d like to own a copy of issue 2, you can purchase digital and print copies on MagCloud.

Feel free to share the following “secrets” with your friends, family, and the greater world.

Thank you and enjoy,

The Montana Mouthful Editors

Making Time for Your Writing or Art in Four Easy Steps

Making Time for Your Writing or Art in Four Easy Steps

  I have a confession. Many writers and artists struggle to find time to practice their craft. But not me. Of course, it’s not because I’m an efficient time manager who operates on a set routine. No, it’s quite the opposite. You see, my life […]

Creating Narrative Nonfiction

Creating Narrative Nonfiction

Narrative nonfiction is a favorite genre of mine as it allows one to blend story-telling with factual information. The genre is also known by other names, such as creative nonfiction and literary journalism.  If you’re a writer who’s never attempted this genre but would like […]

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

The Montana Mouthful Staff can’t wait to read your story. But before you click submit, the following three questions may help you evaluate your work.

Where is your story?

With 2,000 words or less, we only have time for one primary setting. Are there rich flavors, strong smells, harsh weather conditions, or vivid sights that can help us experience the delight or heartbreak you wish to convey?

What is your story about?

Keep your plot focused. Don’t interrupt it with too many digressions. Decide if your conflict is mostly internal or external. Make it high stakes, so the tension compels us to read on. Think of a tragedy or a stroke of luck, and magnify it by 100.

Who is your story about?

We need to know your main character. Show us his personality, his affable or glum disposition. Reveal his thoughts and provide meaningful dialogue. If you can make us fall in love with him, we’ll long to see him overcome the odds.

Are there other questions you think are important to ask when writing short? If so, share with us in the comments section. We want to hear from you!