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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 […]

Seeking Submissions for Issue 2 and a Contest

Seeking Submissions for Issue 2 and a Contest

Greetings! Last Thursday, we published the first issue of Montana Mouthful! We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, and we hope you enjoy the inaugural issue if you’ve not yet read it. You can read the issue for free, and you can also purchase digital […]

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue is Live!

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue is Live!

We are excited to share our inaugural issue of Montana Mouthful Magazine!  More than a year of planning and preparation by the MM staff has led to this exciting moment, and we sincerely thank all of the writers and artists who had confidence in us and submitted work for our debut issue.

Inside, you’ll travel through a variety of stories and images that represent a “first” in some capacity. Joy and sadness exist within these pages: first loves, first losses, and a range of firsts in between.

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue can be read for free here.

If you’d like to own a copy of the issue, you can purchase digital and print copies here.

Feel free to share the “firsts” with your friends and loved ones! Since we’re a fledgling magazine, let us know what you think of the issue, as we’re excited to get your feedback.

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 […]