Throughout our lives, we’re constantly in the process of losing things and finding things. On a material level, we lose socks, car keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and more. Our pets run off, engagement rings fall off, and young children lose shoes, gloves, or even their lunches […]
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 […]
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, […]
Throughout our lives, we’re constantly in the process of losing things and finding things. On a material level, we lose socks, car keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and more. Our pets run off, engagement rings fall off, and young children lose shoes, gloves, or even their lunches on journeys to and from school. Of course, we find things as often as we lose them. Socks reappear in the clothes dryer, car keys were in a pocket, paperwork fell behind the desk, eyeglasses were perched on your head, pets are picked up and brought home, metal detectorists find rings, and children discover no end of things in backpack pockets and crevices.
While materials items come and go, losing and finding intangible items are often more difficult to accept or at least more complex in their impacts. It’s a natural part of life that we lose our loved ones to illness, accidents, or old age. Relationships come and go too. People grow and change and wish to leave; at the same time, people grow and change and walk into your life at just the right moment, when you needed love and support the most.
Our “Lost and Found” issue focuses primarily on these lost and found intangibles. As always, the issue is replete with excellent stories, essays, poems, and artwork. We hope you enjoy and appreciate the quality of work held within these pages.
Also, on the theme of lost and found, Montana Mouthful editors are announcing that this is our final issue. We’ve published 12 stunning issues over the course of the last five years, but it’s time for us to move on to other projects. (See this issue’s Editors’ Enclosure section for our final thoughts.) Of course, this does not mean the magazine will disappear soon. While we’ll eventually shut down the business, eliminate expenses, and close the non-profit, the following schedule will be in place for 2022 and 2023.
- Free-to-Read digital issues will be available on Issuu until July 2023 at www.issuu.com.
- Print-on-demand copies of all 12 of our issues can be ordered until 10/31/2022 at www.peecho.com.
- Our website will be available until January 2023.
- (Find a list of all of our issues available for reading and purchase on Our Current Issue webpage.)
Montana Mouthful Editors
So many things can be lost and found: ideas, material items, relationships, and more. We often experience great sorrow at the loss of something, only to experience great joy at its finding. However, the opposite is also true – something one wishes to lose is […]
Take a moment out of your busy day, and come along with us on a journey through the pages of Montana Mouthful’s latest issue where writers and artists guide us on various road trips through time and space. Reasons for rolling down the road are […]
Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and photography/artwork for its “Road Trip” issue.
What drives you out the door to experience life on the open road? Is it to visit family? Do you crave new scenery? Is it to deal with a tragedy? Sheer restlessness? Simple curiosity? Or perhaps you have to relocate for work, family, or pleasure? And once on the road, what mishaps/miracles/unexpected events occur? We’re looking for great road trip stories, essays, poems, or unique photographs/artwork. As always, we’re less interested in anecdotes and more interested in stories full of tension.
Submissions for this trippin’ issue will open June 25, 2021 and close on August 31, 2021. Our plan is to publish the “Road Trip” issue on October 25, 2021.
Furthermore, we’re going to run a contest. Keep your eyes open for contest information later this summer. Winners will be published in the Road Trip issue. Again, we’ll post those details at a later date, so keep checking our social media platforms so you can participate.
Please review our submission guidelines carefully. We do not accept any prose over 2,000 words nor poetry over 1,000 words. We are currently a non-paying market.
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 3-4 sentences. You are also encouraged to share your personal websites and/or social media pages, so we can help promote your work. Here is a link to our Submittable page. Good luck from the Montana Mouthful team!
It’s that time again! Our “Blessing in Disguise” issue is live! As we all know, the previous year presented enormous challenges on a global scale due to the Coronavirus. Stress has been at an all-time high for many people on many levels. Bearing this in […]
Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography for its next issue, themed “A Blessing in Disguise.” Most of us are familiar with this phrase – when an apparent misfortune turns up positive results after a time. We look forward to receiving a variety of […]
Montana Mouthful editors are excited to announce the publication of the “Out of This World” issue!
It’s been a year since many parts of the United States went into lockdown due to COVID-19, and that year has been stressful to say the least. Our previous issue, themed “Quarantine,” gave us a sobering look into the reality of COVID-19. After such an intense issue, we’re excited to offer you the chance to escape into unexpected, awe-inspiring “other” worlds.
As one might expect, we begin in outer space, but we’ll also travel inwards, into the human (and robot) psyches. We’ll spend time in spaceships and on other planets, but we’ll also spend time at a catered party, on a train underwater, and on a simulator ride at the National Air and Space Museum. There are meteors and hummingbirds and a neighbor’s sofa on the sidewalk. And then there is the issue’s artwork, which we found particularly captivating. We say it often, but we want to reiterate it here: our contributors are extremely talented at what they do, and we couldn’t be more excited to present their work to you.
Without further delay, we wish you happy reading as you head out of this world.
The Montana Mouthful Editors
Greetings Readers and Followers of Montana Mouthful Magazine, Just two weeks from today, we’ll be releasing our “Out of This World” issue. We just finished proofing the issue, and I must say, this is one of my favorites. On the morning of March 15, we’ll […]
Montana Mouthful seeks short fiction/nonfiction, poetry, and artwork/photography for its 9th issue, and this time the theme is “Out of This World.” It’s a broad theme, open to several interpretations. For instance, perhaps “out of this world” sparks ideas of sci-fi adventures, or an out-of-body […]
At Montana Mouthful, our aim is to publish three issues per year, and generally, we have an idea of the year’s themes well in advance. However, around the time we published “The Great Outdoors” issue, COVID-19 was becoming an increasingly serious issue across the globe. We decided to scrap the theme we had in place for the third of issue of the year and instead put out a call for work related to the theme of “Quarantine.” We took submissions throughout the summer months. During that time, Coronavirus numbers were decreasing in many place after what was a concerning late-winter and spring for many people in a number of countries. Today, as we publish the “Quarantine” issue, COVID-19 numbers are again increasing. Of course, this is very concerning, and we hope everyone is remaining safe, healthy, and as calm as possible.
This issue broke submission records at Montana Mouthful; the worldwide impact of COVID-19 and the global quarantines sparked an outpouring of thoughts and feelings that so many people captured in stories, essays, poems, and artwork. On some level, we wish we could publish everything that was sent to us, for each item was a sincere attempt to show and make sense of what’s going on. Alas, we have only so much room in the magazine, but to everyone who submitted, we give a heartfelt thank you.
In the following pages, you’ll find a variety of responses to what’s happening in the world at the moment. These times are scary and stressful, but they are also filled with love and hope. Contributors, thank you for these wonderful pieces, and Readers, do check out the biography pages to learn more about the individuals whose work makes up this beautiful issue.
The issue also includes our ESL feature as well as a nonfiction piece by guest contributor, Sarah Raymont, in the “Editor’s Enclosure” section. In it, Sarah writes about the quarantine experience from Brooklyn, New York.
Here is the link to Our Current Issue web page where you’ll find links to read the issue for free online (via ISSUU) and where you may purchase print-on-demand copies. (You may notice that we changed our print-on-demand service from Magcloud to Peecho.)
Thank you for your readership, contributions, and support. Mainly, we wish you safety, hope, and happiness during these challenging times.
The Montana Mouthful Editors