We’re thrilled to announce that Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, will be this year’s guest judge for the 2019 Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest, which opens today, August 16, and runs through September 30. She and we will be on the lookout for the best, most compelling short fiction and nonfiction prose out there.
Melinda Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and grew up in California. She is the author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Maurice Prize, and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, New England Review and elsewhere. Her story “They Find the Drowned” won an O. Henry Prize. She is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from The Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University, the NEA Literature Fellowship in Fiction, the Kenyon Review Fellowship at Kenyon College, the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship at George Washington University, and the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. We’re honored to have her as our guest judge for this contest.
Submissions Open: August 16 - September 30
Award: $500 first place prize and publication in CutBank 92. Two runners-up will be awarded $50 and publication in CutBank 92. All other submissions will be considered with submissions for the print edition of CutBank.
What We're Looking For: Interesting, compelling fiction and nonfiction prose in 750 words or fewer. Lyric essays, prose poems, short essays, vignettes - send us your best, most dazzling short form prose.
Submissions will be accepted through the Submittable submission manager. Print or email submissions will not be considered. Please include a brief cover letter, biography and contact information in the form provided - please do not include identifying information in the body of your submission.
Submissions must be previously unpublished.
Simultaneous submissions are certainly welcome; however, please withdraw your CutBank submission immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.
Submissions should be double spaced, no more than 750 words.
Submission fee of $7 includes consideration for CutBank's $500 flash prose prize and publication in CutBank 92. Two runners-up will be awarded $50 and publication in CutBank 92. All other submissions will be considered with submissions for the print edition of CutBank Literary Magazine.
Check here for more details, and get that dazzling flash prose piece polished and into us as of today! We’re standing by eager to read it.
All Accounts and Mixture
A Celebration of LGBTQ Writers & Artists
CutBank Online is delighted to announce the opening of the 2019 All Accounts and Mixture online feature. Submissions open June 1st through July 1st via our Submittable page. You'll find full guidelines there, and, as always, there will be no submission fee.
Taken from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, and the poem “Rooms,” our series title appears in the line: “Cadences, real cadences, real cadences and a quiet color. Careful and curved, cake and sober, all accounts and mixture, a guess at anything is righteous, should there be a call there would be a voice.”
Since 2014, CutBank's All Accounts and Mixture has showcased poetry, prose, visual art, reviews, and interviews in a forum for LGBTQ writers whose voices might be mis- or underrepresented by the literary mainstream.
This year's submission window opens today, June 1, and runs through July 1. Poetry, prose, visual art, reviews and interviews will all be considered, so get your work ready. We can't wait to see what you have for us.
We welcome all breeds of creative hybrid and collaboration. For this series, we seek work from writers who self-identify as “queer,” while acknowledging that this designation is subjective and highly personal. We believe the term “queer” connotes flexibility--we will not police your identity.
That said, our goal is to provide a forum for writers whose voices might be mis- or underrepresented by the literary mainstream, and we ask that contributors respectfully acknowledge this objective. Submitted content need not be LGBTQ-specific. Work must be previously unpublished. We will accept simultaneous submissions with timely notification. Allies are encouraged to contribute reviews of poetry and prose by queer authors from books contemporary to historic. We are also seeking provocative interviews with queer writers and artists.
Please submit up to 7 poems.
Please submit up to 5,000 words of prose, fiction, or creative nonfiction.
Please submit up to 10 pieces of visual art. Please submit your work in JPEG format with at least a 300 dpi. Feel free to also link to your portfolio online if there are multiple pieces for consideration.
CutBank Online is delighted to begin unveiling the winners of the 2018 All Accounts and Mixture prose and poetry contest. We will publish the work of one winning author each Friday.
Congratulations to Jennifer Tubbs for “Violet”, the first of the 2018 winning pieces to be published!
CutBank Online and the Weekly Flash Prose and Prose Poetry Feature would like to congratulate our friend Chris La Tray for winning the 2018 Montana Book Award for his book One-Sentence Journal. This annual award recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book written or illustrated by someone who lives in Montana, is set in Montana, or deals with Montana themes or issues.
In honor of this achievement, we are happy to spotlight a short essay from Chris's award-winning book on our Weekly Flash Prose and Prose Poetry Page.
The CutBank Annual Chapbook Contest is open as of today through April 30. The Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a single author. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book. Two runners-up will be chosen for publication as well.
We’re seeking startling, compelling, and beautiful original work. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres, in a fresh, powerful manuscript. Perhaps yours will overtake us quietly, gracefully defy genres, or satisfyingly subvert our expectations. Maybe it will punch us in the mouth page in and page out.
The CutBank contests for the Montana Prize in fiction and nonfiction and the Patricia Goedicke Prize for poetry are now open until FEBRUARY 1st!
Visit our Submittable page for details.
Good luck--we're eager to read your work!
Gather and spread the word, ye faithful of the acrylic, ye gelatin silver processors, ye marble chippers and woodcutters, ye stippled ink stained printers of pulp art!
We’re calling all visual media artists to start a new initiative here at Cutbank Online where we’d like to feature your art on our website and beyond!
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Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.
Readings are Sunday evenings, 6:00, at the Kulture Kava Lounge: 420 N Higgins Ave Unit B. Admission is free, and we'll also be featuring an open mic intermission. Come join us, and show your support for the Missoula writing community!
Student Reader: Barry Maxwell, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Stephanie Land, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Peggy Jo Pabustan, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Stacy Syzmaszek, Poetry
Student Reader: Riley Woods, Poetry
Guest Reader: Robert Lee, Poetry
Student Reader: Catalina Baker, Fiction
Guest Reader: Sarah Aswell, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Miles Jochem, Poetry
Guest Reader: David Cates, Fiction
Student Reader: Emma Neslund, Poetry
Guest Reader: Melissa Stephenson, Nonfiction
Student Reader: David Queen, Fiction
Guest Reader: Emily Freeman, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Joe Kirk, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Philip Schaefer, Poetry
Student Reader: Jenny Montgomery, Poetry
Guest Reader: Chris La Tray, Nonfiction/Poetry
Student Reader: Kylie Westerlind, Fiction
Guest Reader: Sarah Aronson, Poetry
Student Reader: Maren Schiffer, Poetry
Guest Reader: Emily Withnall, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Amanda Wilgus, Fiction
Guest Reader: Kevin Canty, Fiction
Celebrating the winners and runners-up for Cutbank's Chapbook Contest with James D'Agostino, Jacob Oet, and Haesong Kwon.
~ Lisa Ampleman, Gwen Kirby, and Keith Kopka for New Ohio Review.
~ Chelsea Dingman, Chloe Honum, and Felicia Zamora for American Literary Review.
Our stunning new winter issue, CutBank 86, is here!
CutBank 86 features the winner of our Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Fiction Contest, Alysia Sawchyn, with her piece "Riverbanks and Honeysuckle," along with runner-ups Daryl Scroggins and Derek Updegraff.
Other contributors include Kyle Ellingson, Rae Winkelstein, Juliana Gray, Roxanne Banks Malia, Rachel Morgan, Alison Ruth, Lacey Rowland, Patrick Kindig, and Michael Parker. The issue closes out with an interview by our online managing editor, Nicole Roché, with Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Is this year's conference really already over? What a weekend.
Everyone knows the offsite events are where it's at. Thank you to everyone who came out for ours this past Thursday night at the Colony Club, where we heard the winners of our 2016 chapbook contest read their amazing work—Raven Jackson (our winner, pictured), Lisa Hiton, and Wendell Mayo. We're so jazzed to publish these authors and to be able to meet you all in the flesh!
If you didn't get your copy of these gorgeous books, you can purchase them through our online store.
Our reading period for the 2017 chapbook contest, which has a $1,000 cash prize, is currently underway through March 31. Read more deets here and send us your work!
Until next year, everyone. TAMPA.
A week from today, our fearless CutBank editors will be setting up our table at the 50th (!) annual Conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in Washington, DC, February 9-11.
Come to our table and say hi! We'll be there chatting with fellow writers, MFA students, editors, CutBank contributors, and all the rest of your smiling faces. Our latest issue, CutBank 86, is hot off the press, and will be available for purchase at our table, along with the winners of last spring's chapbook competition, our rad new shirts (wait 'til you see these puppies—more than a few of us will be sporting them), and other swag.
We hope you'll also join us for our offsite event, where we'll celebrate the publications of our most recent chapbook contest winners: Raven Jackson, Lisa Hiton, and Wendell Owen. See you there.
- Thursday, February 9, 2017
- Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20010)
Our latest print issue is finally here! Dare we say, it's been well worth the wait.
Along with our usual choice selections in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, CutBank 85 features the winners of our Montana Prize in Fiction, judged by Claire Vaye Watkins; the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, judged by Oscar De La Paz; and the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Amanda Fortini.
Read a preview of the issue here.
Score your copy through our online store here.
We're very excited to let CutBank 84 out into the world!
CutBank 84 features Caleb Tankersley, the winner of our inaugural Big Sky / Small Prose Flash Contest, as well as the runners-up, Jane Wong and Natalie Lund. This issue also includes pieces from great writers from all over:
Poetry by Taylor Gorman, Bo Schwabacher, Victoria McArtor, Matthew J. Spireng, Geoffrey Woolf, Emily O'Neill, DM Macormic, Danika Stegman, and Haesong Kwon
Fiction by Gene Albamonte, Melissa Gutierrez, Garrett Biggs, Kimberly Garza, and Jesse Goolsby.
Nonfiction by Gina Warren, Katherine E. Standefer, and Alana de Hinojosa.
Order your copy via PayPal here!
Or through Submittable here!
“October, North Hero,” by Julia Heney, CutBank 82
“Ataxic,” by Maxwell Shanley, CutBank 83
“Missing,” by Ben Nickol, CutBank 82
“Quilting for Beginners,” by Kira Archibald, CutBank 83
“Lost Boys in Wonderland,” by Olivia Worden, CutBank 83
“A Hat in the Wind,” by Emry McAlear, CutBank 83
Congratulations to all nominees! Thank you again to our contributors, readers, and supporters, who allow CutBank to continue to thrive and recognize emerging and established writers.
CutBank 83 Has Arrived!
CutBank 83 features the winners from our 2015 genre prizes:
January, by Ruth Madievsky, Winner of the Patricia Goedicke Prize for Poetry - selected by Matt Rasmussen
My Husband, His Stunning Dermaflorescence, by Kim Hagerich, Winner of the Montana Prize for Fiction - selected by Susan Steinberg
A Hat in the Wind, by Emry McAlear, Winner of the Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction - Selected by Will Boast
In addition to our prize winners, our editors selected the best work from the many submissions we received. Below are the authors featured in CutBank 83.
T. Zachary Cotler
Click HERE to purchase CutBank 83. Thanks for your support!
*Please view our submission guidelines for upcoming submission dates. General submissions re-open on September 15, 2015 and contest submissions re-open on November 1, 2015
The wait is over - our latest print edition has arrived!
Great news, friends of CutBank: Our latest print edition has arrived and it's chock-full of work you have come to love and expect from Montana's foremost literary magazine. With selections from some of the best talent from across the country, we are proud to say this one of our best editions yet.
Spring is the Time of Plans and Projects Poetry|Kathleen S. Johnston Fire-Adapted Ecosystems Fiction|Michelle Donahue The Story in Which the Imaginary Lover Becomes a Small House and I Wish to be Evenly Lit Poetry|Kallie Falandays Nocturne in Blue and Amber Poetry|Brian Clifton Missing Fiction|Ben Nickol Zac Asks What the Plastic Sheet is For and Zac, That's Not a Rabbit Poetry|Matthew Schnirman The Fat Filly Nonfiction|Wynn Chapman On Kajii Motojiro's (Alleged) Jellyfish Poetry|Kimberly Kemler Vintage Prints Art Maybe Kansas Poetry|Anders Carlson-Wee Boy Scouts Fiction|Sarah Mollie Silberman Little Hymn and Elegy Poetry|Kenneth E. Harrison, Jr. The Entire History Fiction|Kindall Gray The Moon Considers the Body Poetry|Aran Donovan Interpretations of Philip Guston and October, North Hero Poetry|Julia Heney The Truant Life Nonfiction|Ian Stansel Book of Absence, Book of Absence II, Interlude and Book of Worry Poetry|Joanna Doxey
Join University of Montana Creative Writing Program alumni, students,faculty, and friends during a reception at AWP 2015.
+ We'll celebrate our program's 50th anniversary with readings by Jon Davis(1985), Henrietta Goodman (1994), Joshua Corey (1999), Jeremy Pataky (2007), and Jasmine Dreame Wagner (2010), plus highlight the work of our recent CutBank chapbook contest winners.
+ Meet the current CutBank staff and help us launch issue #82 (and maybe #83!)
+ We'll have free drink tickets for the first 50 attendees, a cash bar, raffle items, copies of CutBank for sale and more!
+ Register at bit.ly/umtmfa2015
Clear your calendar - CutBank's Autumn Gala is November 14!
Join us for the CutBank Autumn Gala! We'll have music, entertaining readings from this year's editors, raffle prizes, and plenty of CutBank love.
$10 general admission, $5 students. Social hour starts at 6:15pm.
Come get to know the people creating the 82nd issue of the longest running Montana literary magazine. This is our fun, annual fall event and we'd love to see you there! All are welcome!
Don't forget, there are now more ways than ever to submit
Contests open November 1
CutBank will begin accepting submissions for the Montana Prize in Fiction, the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry this Saturday. Please see our contest submission guidelines for more information.
Submit to CutBank 82 and 83
Submissions to the print edition of CutBank are open through February 1. Submission guidelines are available here.
CutBank Online is always seeking contributions to our online features, interviews and reviews. Visit our online submission guidelines or shoot us an email for more information.