Montana Mouthful is an independent literary magazine devoted to short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork. Each issue and/or contest will be themed. 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
The theme for Montana Mouthful’s fourth issue is “clowning around.” The idiom “clowning around” is to joke, play, or act in a silly way. We can’t wait to see what sort of variations on the theme you invent, and we even anticipate some actual clowns – the red nose variety – in the mix. However, be sure your piece builds toward something more than a punch line. We seek strong stories, not anecdotes. For instance, perhaps a character’s “clowning around” antics ends up in tragedy for another. Etc.
Submissions are open from January 3, 2019 – February 13, 2019. We aim to publish the fourth issue on April 29, 2019. 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.
Beginning January 2019, we charge a small reading fee for all submissions.
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 email@example.com and use the phrase “Submission Query” as the email subject.
Note: To avoid having our email caught by your spam filter, please add firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Last, but not least, we look forward to receiving your work!
Good luck from the Montana Mouthful Editing Team!