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Finding Beauty

Finding Beauty

One of the things that inspires me the most is the visual arts. A picture of the simplest object or an obscure reference piques my interest and shifts my focus from the daily grind to a place of creativity where I am free to focus my […]

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!

 

Editor’s Pick: Author – Denis Johnson

Editor’s Pick: Author – Denis Johnson

* One of our aims, aside from showcasing exceptional stories and visual artwork, is to share information from other literary sources. For instance, we might share a story we love, a magazine’s call for submissions, or a helpful service for writers and artists. Not only […]

Sticky Support

Sticky Support

Montana Mouthful has launched! Now that we’re on the scene, we’d love for you to join our community! Beyond checking out the website and following us on our social media outlets, you can also support this new, independent, digital magazine by purchasing something “sticky.” We’re […]

Montana Mouthful Accepting Submissions for First Issue

Montana Mouthful Accepting Submissions for First Issue

Welcome!

In celebration of Montana Mouthful’s inaugural issue, the theme for our debut is “firsts.” Perhaps you’ll write about a stolen first kiss, a first best friend, a first trip, a first alien sighting, first epiphany, first loss, first tantrum, etc.

We encourage stories and images of all kinds, so please use your interpretive skills to tell us about a unique “first.”

Submissions are open from October 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017Please review our submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your work is considered.

Share your creativity and become part of Montana Mouthful’s debut issue! Thank you for taking part in our maiden voyage!

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, […]