Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 and a Flash Fiction Contest

Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 and a Flash Fiction Contest


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 for our third issue, and the theme for this issue is “haunted.” While we encourage stories, poetry, and artwork about Halloween, poltergeists, and all things ghostly, we’re also interested in other types of hauntings. For instance, perhaps a character is haunted by the memory of a loved one, of a road not taken, or of a deed left undone. Let your imagination roam over variations on the theme of “haunted.”

Submissions are open from July 5, 2018 – September 2, 2018. Please review our submission guidelines carefully. We do not accept any prose or poetry over 2,000 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.

What haunts you or your characters? We can’t wait to find out!

We have also extended the deadline for our Montana (406) Contest. (406) is Montana’s area code, and for our first flash fiction contest, we challenge writers to send us a story that:

  • is exactly 406 words (not counting the title),
  • and includes the word “Montana” somewhere in the piece.

As long as you adhere to the above rules, you can take the story on any tangent you wish. Please review our submission guidelines for the contestOne entry per person, please. No gratuitous sex or violence.

The deadline for contest entries is September 2, 2018, and the winning stories will be featured in Issue 3, which will be published during autumn 2018.  The contest entry fee is $10.

The top three stories will be included in Issue 3 of Montana Mouthful, and the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st place – $125 + print copy of Issue 2
  • 2nd place – $75 + print copy of Issue 2
  • 3rd place – $25 + print copy of Issue 2


Thank you and good luck from the Montana Mouthful editing team!