Written by Ella Peary April 1st, 2021

Montana Mouthful: Now Seeking Submissions

Montana Mouthful publishes short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—just a mouthful at a time. Launched by a small collective of Montanan authors, this digital and print journal has grown to include work from around the globe. They publish both emerging and established authors.

Montana Mouthful publishes three issues each year. They offer a free digital edition, as well as a print on demand hardcopy journal. Each issue contains work from around 30 contributors. You can read the digital edition online to get a sense of their style.

Each edition of Montana Mouthful is themed. Right now through May 3, they’re seeking submissions on the theme, “A Blessing in Disguise.” They’ll publish this themed issue on June 7.

Authors may submit up to two short stories, essays, or works of narrative nonfiction, 2,000 words or fewer. Montana Mouthful also accepts flash fiction, up to two pieces, 1,000 words or fewer. Poets may submit up to three pieces, 1,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can expect a response within 10 weeks.

Montana Mouthful reads submissions blind, making them a great venue for unpublished authors. Submitting authors should take care not to include any identifying information on submitted writing.

Montana Mouthful accepts submissions via Submittable, not by email or post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

Montana Mouthful only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Montana Mouthful, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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