Announcing this year's genre contest guest judges: Cheryl Strayed, Joe Wilkins, and Alicia Mountain

CutBank is excited to announce our guest judges for this year’s genre contests for the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, the Montana Prize in Fiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry.

The Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Judged by Cheryl Strayed

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Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Strayed's books have been translated into nearly forty languages around the world and have been adapted for both the screen and the stage. Strayed's essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.

The Montana Prize in Fiction
Judged by Joe Wilkins

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Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, speaks to the community, struggle, violence, and care Joe knew growing up in the rural West, and his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, captures the lives of boys and men in that desolate country, a place that shapes the people who live there and rarely lets them go. The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry won a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by luminaries such as Alice Munro, Richard Ford, and Louise Erdrich—and Wilkins’s work has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Magazine Writing, New Poets of the American West, and Best New Poets. 

The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry
Judged by Alicia Mountain

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Alicia Mountain’s debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa, 2018), was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy to win the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the Thin Fire, selected by Natalie Diaz and published by BOAAT Press. She is a lesbian poet, PhD candidate, and assistant editor of the Denver Quarterly. Mountain earned her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula.


One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in the summer print issue of CutBank. All entries must be submitted electronically, and complete guidelines are available on our Submittable page. Remember: we're looking for work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and a willingness to push against the boundaries of form.

Deadlines close in eight days, on February 1st, so get those manuscripts polished and in to us.

Andrew Martin to judge this year's Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest!

We're excited to announce that Andrew Martin will be the guest judge for our Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest! His novel Early Work was just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and his stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Zyzzyva, and Tin House’s Flash Fridays series. His nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Washington Post.

Submissions are still open, so get your best short prose into us by September 30 for a chance to win the $500 first place prize and publication in CutBank 90. 

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Early Work

A Novel

by Andrew Martin

“Marvelous . . . Read [Early Work] on a beach for the refreshment of a classic boy-meets-girl plot, or turn the pages more slowly to soak in some truly salty koans and morally insolvent characters . . . It’s an accomplished and delightful book, but there’s no hashtag for that.”
Molly Young, The New York Times

“[Andrew] Martin introduces characters in sharp, funny flash-portraits that declare the book’s intention to perch, vape in hand, on the border of earnestness and satire . . . Early Work is a gift for those readers who like being flirted with by thoughtful and interesting people, and who like observing such people as they flirt with each other.”
Katy Waldman, The New Yorker

“[The] story of a love triangle . . . Martin reinvigorates the form, transposing its chords and riffing on its most familiar melodies.” Max Ross, The Paris Review

“Compulsively readable . . . [Early Work] asks big questions about ambition and success and art and love, but it's also a story of a love affair, delicious and horrible in equal measure.”
Emily Temple, Literary Hub

“Stunning . . . whip-smart and rather disturbing . . . [Andrew] Martin has a remarkable ear for natural dialogue and pitch-perfect, witty banter . . .”
Dana Hansen, Chicago Review of Books

“From a simple boy-meets-girl premise and from the most basic dramatic ingredients—ardor, art, alcohol, anxiety—Andrew Martin has concocted an exceptionally funny and disturbing first novel. I found myself thinking of Goodbye, Columbus and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh—from its title and its opening sentence on, Early Workachieves the feel of a classic debut.”
Chris Bachelder, author of The Throwback Special

 “The people in Andrew Martin’s Early Work have it all—youth, intelligence, ready wit, readier irony, terminally knowing tastes in books and music, affordable rents, abundant abusable substances, prolific sexual lives, even endearing dogs—and it’s perversely exhilarating to watch them, despite their fits of good-heartedness, turn a bucolic bohemia into a hipster hellscape. This is one smart, funny, scary novel.”
David Gates, author of Jernigan and The Wonders of the Invisible World

 “What a debut! Early Work is one of the wittiest, wisest (sometimes silliest, in the best sense), and bravest novels about wrestling with the early stages of life and love, of creative and destructive urges, I’ve read in a while. The angst of the young and reasonably comfortable isn’t always pretty, but Andrew Martin possesses the prose magic to make it hilarious, illuminating, moving.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts and The Ask

“Beautifully executed and very funny, Early Work is a sharp-eyed, sharp-voiced debut that I didn’t want to put down.” —Julia Pierpont, author of Among the Ten Thousand Things and The Little Book of Feminist Saints

“To ignore Andrew Martin’s Early Work—a wry and pitch-perfect novel about late-twentysomething writers and lazy, progressive creatives in varying stages of existential crises—because of any painful familiarity is to do yourself a disservice.” —Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed

Andrew Martin’s stories have appeared in The Paris ReviewZyzzyva, and Tin House’s Flash Fridays series, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe Washington Post, and other publications. Early Work is his first novel.

Early Work, by Andrew Martin, was published in hardcover by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on July 10, 2018 (ISBN: 978-0-374-14612-2, $26.00). For more information, please contact Lauren Roberts(212-206-5325, lauren.roberts@fsgbooks.com).

Events

7/10 – Harvard Book Store – Cambridge, MA

7/11 – Labyrinth Books – Princeton, NJ

7/12 – McNally Jackson Books (Williamsburg) – Brooklyn, NY

7/14 – Politics and Prose Bookstore – Washington, DC

7/17 – New Dominion Bookshop – Charlottesville, VA

8/21 – Point Street Reading Series – Providence, RI

9/27–30 – Montana Book Festival – Missoula, MT

10/01 – Powell’s City of Books – Portland, OR

10/13 – Boston Book Festival – Boston, MA

10/14 – KGB Bar – New York, NY

J. Matthew Gottwig's "Tether" wins the Montana Prize in Fiction!

We are thrilled to announce that J. Matthew Gottwig's "Tether" is this year's winner in the Montana Prize in Fiction, chosen by Monica Drake. Congratulations! 

J. Matthew Gottwig is a Montana native now living in Baltimore, MD with his wife and kids. He works for the University of Maryland library system and is pursuing his MFA from the University of Baltimore.

In addition to a $500 prize, Gottwig's's winning work will appear in CutBank 89, our summer 2018 issue.

Find J. Matthew Gottwig on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jgottwig
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/jeremy.m.gottwig/
And at http://www.strangeshuttle.com/

 

Judge Monica Drake selected "Tether":

"...for the way it navigates a space between human connection and disconnection, between the individual and community, between love and terror. A child’s mortality holds a family together, which happens every day, but in this case the author has carried the question into the realm of the inexplicable, the supernatural or spiritual, raising questions of how we understand our world and how we live with ourselves and each other. It reaches a beautiful moment by the ending, without ever overly resolving the intangible qualities. I appreciate this story."

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Meet Monica Drake: "I have an MFA from the University of Arizona and teach at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. My debut Novel, Clown Girl, is published by the amazing indie press, Hawthorne Books, and has won an Eric Hoffer Award as well as an IPPY. It’s been translated into Italian, and recently optioned for film by the brilliant Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids). My most recent novel, The Stud Book, is now out (Hogarth Books, April 2013) and doing great." (From monicadrake.com)

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We also send warm thanks to all the fine writers who entered this year, and a special congratulations to all our finalists:

  • Michael Pearce
  • Susan Lowell
  • Heather Aruffo
  • &
  • Ashish Kaul

More winners!

Tammy Delatorre, Winner of the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction

Freesia McKee, Winner of the Patricia Goedicke Prize for Poetry

Tammy Delatorre's "I Am Coming for You" takes this summer's Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction!

We are thrilled to announce that Tammy Delatorre's "I Am Coming for You" is this year's winner in the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, chosen by Sarah Gerard. Congratulations! 

In addition to a $500 prize, Delatorre's winning work will appear in CutBank 89, our summer 2018 issue.

Tammy Delatorre lives in Los Angeles. Her writing has received numerous literary awards, including the Payton Prize and the Slippery Elm Prose Prize. More of her essays and stories can be found at www.tammydelatorre.com.

Follow Delatorre on Twitter @tammydelatorre,  and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammy.delatorre.1

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Judge Sarah Gerard had this to say about Delatorre's work: 

“I Am Coming for You” is a bloody, vivid, gut-wrenching account of inherited violence, abandonment, and reckoning. It’s the kind of story that demands to be told in spite of, or maybe because of, the courage it takes to write it. Rage and sadness pulse through it like a heartbeat through an umbilical cord.

Judge Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks, most recently BFF. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesGranta, The Baffler, ViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, Ucross, and Pocoapoco. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.

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We also send warm thanks to all the fine nonfiction authors who entered this year, and a special congratulations to all our finalists:

  • Melissa Connelly
  • Charlotte Gullick
  • Kristin Keane
    &
  • Jacquelyn Connelly

More winners!

J. Matthew Gottwig, Winner of the Montana Prize in Fiction

Freesia McKee, Winner of the Patricia Goedicke Prize for Poetry

We have a winner! Freesia McKee and her poem "What Isn't Dead" take the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry!

We are thrilled to announce that Freesia McKee's "What Isn't Dead" is this year's winner in the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, chosen by Sarah Vap. Congratulations, Freesia! 

Freesia McKee is author of the chapbook How Distant the City (Headmistress Press, 2017). Her words have appeared in cream city reviewThe Feminist WirePainted Bride QuarterlyGertrude, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. Freesia's poetry is forthcoming in CALYXSinister Wisdom, and Nimrod.

In addition to a $500 prize, McKee's winning work will appear in CutBank 89, our summer 2018 issue.

Find Freesia McKee on Twitter: @freesiamckee
At Instagram: @freesiamckee
And at https://freesiamckee.wordpress.com/

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Judge Sarah Vap had this to say about McKee's work: 

In "What Isn't Dead," Freesia McKee layers the speaker's memory of a beloved (and themself at the time of that loving) as it is both hijacked and buoyed by the old and new systems of kindness and cruelty—chivalry, family, a 4th of July party that hurts, the strip club next door to their gay bar—until at the end my heart aches for them, confused (as they are?) by their final moment together—the moment's victory/failure at kindness, for everyone involved."

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Sarah Vap, our Fall 2017 Distinguished Hugo Writer, is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Viability (Penguin 2016), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her book of hybrid poetics, End of the Sentimental Journey, inaugurated the Infidel Poetics Series with Noemi Press (2013). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for poetry and has taught at Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Drew University.

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We also send warm thanks to all the fine poets who entered this year, and a special congratulations to all our finalists:

  • John Blair
  • Isabel Estrada
  • Partridge Boswell
    &
  • Brittney Scott

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More winners coming soon for the Montana prizes in fiction and nonfiction!

Big Sky, Small Prose Contest: And the winners are...

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BIG Congratulations to Allie Mariano, winner of this year's Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest, for her 1st place piece, "Water."

Here's what our judge, Zach VandeZande, had to say:

What drew me most to "Water" was its sense of wonder in the midst of tragedy. The best fiction offers us a way to make sense of the world, as in it creates for us the real on the story's own terms, and in doing so gives us a reason to hope. "Water," with its images and with its lyrical prose, does this effortlessly, and I'm grateful for the time I got to spend with it. I think you will be too.

Allie Mariano lives in New Orleans. Her writing has appeared in Saw Palm, Day One, and in New Orleans’ Times-Picayune. She is the nonfiction editor for Midway Journal. She is working on a novel, and she’s happy to be here.

Congrats also to our awesome runners up:

"A Posture of Grace" by Kim McCrea

"Holding His Fire" by Daryl Scroggins

We'll have more info soon, but we couldn't wait to shout out the news! 

Deadline Alert! CutBank contests and regular submissions closing soon!

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Our Montana prizes in fiction and CNF, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry are closing the submissions window in 1 day and nine hours from now! Finish up with the red pen, finalize those entries and get them to us before it's too late!

Regular print submissions are winding up, too. Only 2 days and 9 big hours left.

Our submissions calendar is here, with links to all the info you need, and here's our Submittable portal when you're ready to rock.

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Douglas Adams may be awesome, but even he might have said, "Hey. Don't be this guy."

CutBank is the proud sponsor of a variety of contests encouraging (and rewarding) fine writing in all genres, with opportunities including the Montana Prize in Fiction, the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, the Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest, as well as our annual CutBank Chapbook Contest.

We're looking for work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and a willingness to push against the boundaries of form.

Meet this year's judges:

The Montana Prize in Fiction
Judged by Monica Drake

Meet Monica Drake: "I have an MFA from the University of Arizona and teach at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. My debut Novel, Clown Girl, is published by the amazing indie press, Hawthorne Books, and has won an Eric Hoffer Award as well as an IPPY. It’s been translated into Italian, and recently optioned for film by the brilliant Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids). My most recent novel, The Stud Book, is now out (Hogarth Books, April 2013) and doing great." (From monicadrake.com)

The Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Judged by Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks, most recently BFF. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesGranta, The Baffler, ViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, Ucross, and Pocoapoco. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.

The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry
Judged by Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap, our Fall 2017 Distinguished Hugo Writer, is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Viability (Penguin 2016), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her book of hybrid poetics, End of the Sentimental Journey, inaugurated the Infidel Poetics Series with Noemi Press (2013). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for poetry and has taught at Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Drew University.

CutBank's Annual Chapbook Contest Opens Jan 1!

The submission window is open from Jan 1 to March 31. (And you know deadlines always come sooner than you think.)

Winner, 2016:  little violences  by  Raven Jackson  Purchase a copy  here.

Winner, 2016: little violences
by Raven Jackson
Purchase a copy here.

What's at stake if you drag your feet too long? Money, for one thing! Our winner receives $1000, high-quality publication of their book, and 25 contributor copies. Runners up enjoy publication and copies, as well, and every entry can look forward to a copy of CutBank 89 upon its release in spring/summer 2018.

You'll find solid info and full details on our Contests page, and while you're at it, visit our winners from last year right here.

 

In a nutshell:

Here's James D'Agostino, last year's winner with  Weathermanic . Doesn't James look happy? You could be that happy, too!

Here's James D'Agostino, last year's winner with Weathermanic. Doesn't James look happy? You could be that happy, too!

  • We're looking for 25-40 pages of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a single author. (Translations are not eligible for this award. Sorry.)
  • Previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, but the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine!
  • Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book.

Send us 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!

Now that 2017 is gasping for air, hang in there--2018 can be your year!

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates. We'll let you know when the gates are open or the deadline's approaching, so have your most amazing work ready!

CUTBANK'S 2018 GENRE CONTESTS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

CutBank is thrilled to announce our 2018 genre contests in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry are open for submissions from Thursday, November 9th through January 15th, 2018. 

The Montana Prize in Fiction, the Montana Prize in Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry seek to highlight work that showcases authentic voice, boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. We are excited and privileged to have as this year's guest judges the incredible talents of Monica Drake (@Monica_Drake) for the fiction category, Sarah Gerard (@SarahNumber4) judging nonfiction, and a poetry judge to be announced soon.

One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 89, our summer 2018 issue. All submissions will be considered for print publication, and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to CutBank. Visit our contest page for more info, and you can also find A-Z guidelines on our Submittable page.

Keep an eye on @cutbankonline and CutBank's Facebook page for more info on our judges and for future announcements!

 

Announcing: Contest Winners

The CutBank editors are pleased to announce the winners of our most recent fiction, non-fiction, and poetry prizes. The winners will be featured in our forthcoming spring issue, CutBank 87.

Congrats to our winners! 

  • "When I Say I Miss the Drugs" by Zackary Medlin  (Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, judged by Bob Hicok)
  • "Ricochet" by Ruby Murray  (Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Peter Orner)
  • "Saffira" by Stefani Nellen   (Montana Prize in Fiction, judged by Alexandra Kleeman)

We would also like to thank everyone who submitted their work to our genre contests: there is some fierce competition out there. It's never too early to start thinking about next year...Submissions for the 2017 prizes will be accepted November 9, 2017, through January 15, 2018.

Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest Winners

Congratulations to Alysia Sawchyn, winner of the 2016 Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest! Her piece, "Riverbanks and Honeysuckle" will appear in CutBank 86. Here's what our judge, Chad Simpson, had to say:

"The narrator of 'Riverbanks and Honeysuckle' dredges the Potomac in search of something like truth, but her memory won't cooperate. What the reader gets instead is an investigation of 'overcoming and omission' that is both lyrical and poignant and seems as though it may never end."

About Alysia Sawchyn
Alysia Sawchyn currently lives in Tampa, Florida. She is the managing editor of Saw Palm, and her writing can be found in Indiana Review, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse Online, and elsewhere.

Congratulations also to our two runners-up, whose work will appear in CutBank 86 as well:

"Planning to Be Amazed" by Daryl Scroggins
"At the Dog Park" by Derek Updegraff 

Chapbook Contest 2016 Winners

CutBank is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Chapbook Contest! Congratulations to Raven Jackson, Lisa Hiton, and Wendell Mayo, whose books will be published by CutBank in 2017.  

WINNER
little violences by Raven Jackson

About the Author: 
A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is a poet and filmmaker currently attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program. A Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School’s Writing Program, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterlyCALYXKweliPhantom LimbPANK, and elsewhere. She's currently in post-production on her fourth short film.

What Our Judges Say: 
"These poems take difficult subject matter as bedfellows—violence and sexuality, violence and family, sexuality and family—and wrap it all in such rich language. I mean cake-rich. Or, poisoned cake rich. You know there's something rotten at the core—that first violence—but you keep eating. Urgent, powerful, and very easy to read.... Making what is difficult to swallow in life a pleasure to consume in print is no small feat."  -Caylin Capra-Thomas

"Striking, expansive and well-contained imagery; a sense of urgency, a vibrant voice."  -Stephanie Pushaw
 

RUNNERS-UP

Variation on Testimony by Lisa Hiton

About the Author:
Lisa Hiton is a poet and filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Linebreak, Lambda Literary, The Paris-American, Prodigal, and Hayden’s Ferry Review among others. Her first book has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Brittingham & Felix Pollack Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Review first book prize, and the YesYes Books open reading period. She has received the AWP WC&C Scholarship, the Esther B. Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center, and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She is a contributing interviewer at Cosmonaut’s Avenue.

What Our Judges Say: 
"Confident and vivid, Variation on Testimony swings effortlessly between the abstract and the deeply personal. Every image seems newly constructed even when it's referencing the oldest tropes."  -Stephanie Pushaw

"Throughout the collection, Hiton strikes an impressive balance between tenderness and threat, between the fragmented image and fully realized scene, between what is said and what is palpably unsaid."  -Caylin Capra-Thomas
 

When the Moon Was Ours for the Taking by Wendell Mayo

About the Author:
Wendell Mayo is author of four story collections, recently The Cucumber King of Kedainiai, winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction. He’s a recipient of an NEA fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania. His stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including CutBank, Yale Review, Harvard Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, and others. 

What Our Judges Say:
"Satisfying and emotionally evocative. This collection of four stories begins with a bang but morphs quietly, beautifully into a contemplation of one father/son relationship. Demonstrates a beautiful handle on the progression of a single character through time and shifting points of view, takes risks, and raises poignant questions of family and memory, the forces that shape us."  -Kate Barrett 


The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors three works of startling, evocative, and beautiful new writing in prose and poetry each year. To purchase previous chapbook winners, please visit our online store.

Announcing the 2016 Contest Winners

We're thrilled to announce the winners of our 2016 genre contests, the Montana Prizes in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in poetry. We received so many quality submissions this year. Thanks to everyone for sharing their amazing work, and to our stellar guest judges. On to the winners!

The Montana Prize in Fiction, selected by Claire Vaye Watkins:

"Crick" by Terrance Manning, Jr.

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Terrance Manning, Jr is a graduate from Purdue’s MFA in Creative Writing. He’s won the Iowa Review Award for Fiction, as well as the Crazyhorse Prize in Nonfiction, and recent work appears in Witness, Ninth Letter, Boulevard, Southwest Review, Hunger Mountain, and other magazines. He lives and writes in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, selected by Amanda Fortini:

"Meme" by Tracy May Faud

Tracy May Fuad is a poet and essayist of Kurdish descent born and raised in Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in Ninth Letter, BOAAT, Hayden's Ferry Review, DIALOGIST, SOFTBLOW, and Nashville Review, among others. She was in residence at the Vermont Studio Center this spring, and will begin an MFA in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark in the fall. www.tracymayfuad.com. 

The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, selected by Oliver De La Paz:

J.R. Toriseva

J.R. Toriseva’s work has appeared in, or is forthcoming, from The North American Review, Salt Hill, The Literary Review, The Saranac Review, The Cincinnati Review, Descant, and JACKET, among others, and included in  Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound from City Lights. Barbed Water, chosen by Shane McCrae, will be published in 2016 as the winner of Saudade's annual poetry contest.

Each winner will receive $500 and be featured in CutBank 85.

 

The CutBank 2016 Chapbook Competition

Our annual chapbook contest is back! Check out the details below. Click here to submit. 

Award
Publication, $1000 cash prize, and 25 contributor copies


Eligibility
This competition is open to original English language manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published collections are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note that reading fees are non-refundable, and you must withdraw the manuscript immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Please do not include cover artwork with your submission; black and white illustrations are acceptable so long as you’ve obtained the rights. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members.

Reading Fee
$20. Includes consideration and a copy of CutBank 85 upon its release in spring/summer 2016. We apologize, but CutBank is not able to send issues to international addresses without additional postage from the submitter.

What We’re Looking For:
Startling, compelling, and beautiful original work. We’re looking for a fresh, powerful manuscript. Maybe it will overtake us quietly; gracefully defy genres; satisfyingly subvert our expectations; punch us in the mouth page in and page out. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book.

Guidelines for Electronic Submissions:
Submissions are accepted exclusively through Submittable. Entries must be received no later than midnight MST on March 31, 2016. Please submit 25 to 40 pages of typed prose in either DOC/DOCX/RTF/PDF format. For short prose, please include no more than one piece per page. Images are acceptable, but only in black and white; you must obtain reprint rights for any included images. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page addressing where sections have been previous published. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted atwww.cutbankonline.com in late May 2016.

The Long and Short of It
The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book. The winner will be announced by CutBank, the winning book will be featured on the CutBank website, and we’ll do our best to distribute it to regional independent bookstores. The contest will be judged by the CutBank editorial staff. Entries must be submitted between January 1 and March 31, 2016. All entries must be made through our submission manager. Manuscripts should be 25-40 pages in length of poetry (a cohesive poetry manuscript), fiction (either a short fiction collection or novella), or creative nonfiction (one long essay or a short collection of essays). Please indicate in the acknowledgements if any sections of the manuscript have been previously published, and where; the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the contest. Multiple entries are fine as long as each is accompanied by a submission fee (in which case you will receive an additional copy of CutBank). The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members.

The CLMP Code of Ethics
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines -- defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

It is truly an honor to read your work. We wish you the best of luck!

Announcing the 2016 CutBank Contests

CutBank is pleased to announce the 2016 contests for the Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry. We are honored and excited to have three extremely talented guest judges this year: Claire Vaye Watkins for Fiction, Amanda Fortini for Nonfiction, and Oliver de la Paz for Poetry. 

The Montana Prize in Fiction, the Montana Prize in Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry seek to highlight work that showcases authentic voice, boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. A winner from each genre, chosen by our guest judges, will be featured in CutBank 85 and receive $500. All submissions will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions are accepted November 9 through January 15. Submissions are accepted through our online submission manager only. The $20 contest entry fee includes a one-year subscription to CutBank and covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only a single work of no greater than 35 pages. For poetry, submit up to five poems. Please submit only once per genre, though writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres. Include a short cover letter that mentions your address (where your subscription will be sent), phone number, and email address, as well as the title of your work. Please include the author's name on the manuscript—names will be removed from the pool of submissions that goes before our contest judges. Current subscribers must submit the same $20 fee, and their CutBank subscriptions will be extended by one year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your submission via Submittable immediately should it be accepted elsewhere. We are unable to offer refunds.

Entrants will be notified of their submission status no later than March 15, 2016. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 85, our summer 2016 issue. Winners will be required to complete a W-9 form to receive payment. All manuscripts are considered for publication in CutBank. All rights to selected manuscripts revert to the author upon publication. The author grants their permission to have their work electronically archived as part of CutBank 85 in EBSCO International's subscription-based research database. Current University of Montana students and faculty and former CutBank staff are not eligible for the awards.

About our amazing judges:

Claire Vaye Watkins' stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, the New York Times and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Claire was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Her collection of short stories, Battleborn, won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her novel, Gold Fame Citrus, is out now from Riverhead Books. A Guggenheim Fellow, Claire is on the faculty of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Amanda Fortini has written for The New York TimesThe New YorkerRolling Stone, the New RepublicNew York MagazineSlate and Salon, among other publications. She is a contributing editor at Elle Magazine, where she writes about feminism, culture, and women's issues. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing and Best of Slate, and she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. Last Fall, she was a William Kittredge Visiting Professor at the University of Montana. She currently divides her time between Livingston, Montana and Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, Names Above HousesFurious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and the forthcoming Post Subject: A Fable. He is also the co-editor of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.  A co-chair for the advisory board of Kundiman.org, he teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University and in the Low-Residency MFA program at PLU.

 

 

 

 

Big Sky, Small Prose Winner Announced

Congratulations to Caleb Tanksersly, winner of our Big Sky, Small Prose flash prose contest! Caleb's story "Branson" will be featured in CutBank 84. 


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About Caleb Tankersly:

Caleb Tankersley’s writing appears in Cutthroat, Gargoyle, Midwestern Gothic, and other publications. His chapbook Jesus Works the Night Shift was published in 2014 by Urban Farmhouse Press. He is a PhD candidate at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he is Associate Editor for Mississippi Review.


We are also pleased to honor two runners-up, Natalie Lund for "This Gift of Rocks" and Jane Wong for "Circles." Both will be printed in CutBank 84. 

About Natalie Lund: 

Natalie Lund is a graduate of Purdue’s MFA program and the former fiction editor of Sycamore Review. Her work has recently appeared in Literary Orphans and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives in Texas with her dog, cat, and several uninvited arthropods. Find her at natalielund.com or @nmlund.

 


 

 


About Jane Wong:

Jane Wong is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Volta, and others. She is a Kundiman fellow and has received scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center. She lives in Seattle.

Flash Prose Contest Submissions are now open!

Big Sky, Small Prose: A CutBank Flash Prose Exclusive

CutBank Literary Magazine is seeking 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. Please feel free to include original photography or art.

Big Sky, Small Prose will be judged by David Gates, author of A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me (2015), The Wonders of the Invisible World (1999), Preston Falls (1998)and Jernigan (1991), a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Gates also teaches at the University of Montana and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • 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 84. Two runners-up will be awarded $50 and publication in CutBank 84. All other submissions will be considered with submissions for the print edition of CutBank Literary Magazine. Submissions including photography or art will be considered for the CutBank 84 center spread.
  • We will accept submissions for Big Sky, Small Prose between August 10 and September 1, 2015.

Click here to submit to Big Sky, Small Prose. 

Meet our Chapbook Contest Winners!

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The grand prize - $1000 and publication - goes to Daniel Riddle Rodriguez for his stunning prose manuscript, The Low Village. 

Daniel Riddle Rodriguez's real name is Daniel Riddle Rodriguez.  He is a full-time student and father from San Lorenzo, California, where he lives with his son.  Previous publications include Juked, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Stream Magazine, Fourteen Hills, and The Ampersand Review.  He is thrilled to be here.

Follow him on Tumblr here.

 

We will also be publishing two poetry collections from our runners-up: From by Jill Osier and book of lake by Nicholas Gulig.

 

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Jill Osier lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Her work includes the chapbooks Bedful of Nebraskas and Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White.

 

 

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Nicholas Gulig is a poet from Wisconsin. Educated in Montana and Iowa, he is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Denver. The recipient of a 2011-2012 US Fulbright Fellowship to Thailand, his first full length work, "North of Order," was published in 2015 by YesYes Books.