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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 […]

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 looking for stories, essays, poems, and artwork that prominently feature nature in some regard. Perhaps the main character gets lost in the wilderness during a blizzard; perhaps a hurricane threatens an island village; perhaps your poem is about a journey through a jungle; perhaps you paint images of active volcanoes; perhaps you have photographs of picturesque mountaintops or lush meadows full of wildlife.

This is a very broad theme, so let your imagination roam. We’re always pleasantly surprised by the variations on the themes, and we expect nothing different with this call for new work.

Submissions are open from February 17, 2020 – April 6, 2020. We aim to publish “The Great Outdoors” Issue on May 18, 2020. 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!

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 […]

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, a misunderstanding, a lack of communication, or any number of reasons why the romance is derailed. We expect a number of stories, poems, and images that revolve around intimate relationships between two people; however, the relationship need not be intimate in nature nor just between people. One definition of “romance” is “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.” Perhaps the romance gone wrong is within a person’s interior. Perhaps it was a romance gone wrong between a man and his pet dog. The key to this theme is that the romance has headed in the wrong direction. Let your imaginations roam. We’re always pleasantly surprised by the variations on the themes, and we expect nothing different with this call for new work.

Submissions are open from October 15, 2019 – December 15, 2019. We aim to publish the “Romance Gone Wrong” Issue on February 10, 2020, just days before Valentine’s Day when, unfortunately, some romances go very wrong despite best intentions. 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!

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 […]

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 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 […]