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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]