NEWS: Exciting Contests Open on December 1st Featuring Phantasmagoric Judges

In just DAYS our 2013 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction,and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry will open for submissions.

Submissions for all contests are accepted December 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 79. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The contests’ $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 79.

Please send only your best work. With all three of these awards, weare seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, anoriginal perspective, and willingness to push against the boundariesof the form at hand. For more information, guidelines, and to apply, click here.

Montana Prize in Fiction Judge – Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Her first book for young readers, The Apothecary, won the 2012 E.B. White Award and was named one of the best children’s books of the year by Publishers Weekly, the Chicago Public Library, and The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and she has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two California Book Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction Judge – John D'Agata

John D'Agata is the author of The Lifespan of a Fact, About a Mountain, and Halls of Fame, and editor of The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he lives.

Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry Judge – Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen in the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Gravesend (U. of California Press, 2012) and Stele (Post-Apollo Press, 2012), and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is also the founding editor of La Presse (, a nano-press that publishes contemporary French writing in English translation, and the coeditor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid. She is the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, the PEN Award in Literary Translation, and the National Poetry Series. She teaches in the Literary Arts Department at Brown University.