Montana Mouthful is an independent, nonprofit literary magazine devoted to short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork. We are a digital publication with a print-on-demand option. Each issue and/or contest will be themed, and we aim to publish three times per year.
Although we seek short pieces – just a mouthful – avoid sending anecdotes. Surprise us with your words. Strive to submit stories that build toward something more than a punchline or trick ending. Montana Mouthful is open to most subjects and styles; however, we are not interested in gratuitous sex or violence.
Flash Fiction – 1,000 words or less (up to 2 pieces);
Short Story – 2,000 words or less (up to 2 pieces).
Essay – 2,000 words or less (up to 2 pieces);
Narrative Nonfiction – 2,000 words or less (up to 2 pieces).
1,000 words or less (up to 3 pieces).
Up to 10 images
CURRENT CALL FOR WORK
Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork submissions 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.
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 sites in your biography, so we can help promote your work.
Good luck from the Montana Mouthful team!
THE NITTY GRITTY
Please send us your work via Submittable. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not take any prose submissions over 2,000 words.
Important: Submissions are read and judged blindly, so please DO NOT put your name on the piece itself. If your submission is selected for publication, we’ll ask you to provide a third-person bio.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere for publication.
Montana Mouthful seeks original work, so no reprints or works in translation.
We will attempt to respond as quickly as possible, but bear with us as we are a small magazine run by working writers and readers. Please allow up to ten weeks for us to inform you if we’ve selected your work for publication. If, after ten weeks, you choose to get in touch with us about the status of your submission, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the phrase “Submission Query” as the email subject.
Note: To avoid having our email caught by your spam filter, please add email@example.com to your allow list.
We are currently a non-paying market. Although this is a non-monetary engagement, we passionately promote our writers and artists in all that we do. However, from time to time, we’ll feature paying contests.
Online Rights: If we select your work for publication, we ask for exclusive electronic rights to the piece for three months from date of publication, and non-exclusive rights indefinitely, so we can keep your work in our online archives.
Print Rights: If we select your work for publication, we ask for exclusive print rights to your piece for three months from date of publication. Additionally, from time to time, we may publish a print anthology or other promotional materials. Therefore, we ask for non-exclusive rights to your work to be used in these capacities. All other rights remain yours.
Good luck from the Montana Mouthful Editing Team!