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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.

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 […]

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 […]