The 2019 All Accounts and Mixture online feature is now open for submissions: June 1 - July 1!

All Accounts and Mixture

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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.

Submission Guidelines:

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 Work must be previously unpublished.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.

Check here to see the work of previous contributors, and visit our Submittable page to send us your best work!

Poetry:

Please submit up to 7 poems.

Prose:

Please submit up to 5,000 words of prose, fiction, or creative nonfiction.

Visual Art:

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.

Chris La Tray wins the 2018 Montana Book Award for One-Sentence Journal

Chris La Tray has won the 2018 Montana Book Award for his book  One-Sentence Journal.

Chris La Tray has won the 2018 Montana Book Award for his book One-Sentence Journal.

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.

Chris was recently profiled on CutBank Online in an interview with fellow local writer Jenny Montgomery, and you can read our review of One-Sentence Journal here.

The CutBank Annual Chapbook Contest is now open!

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.

2018  CutBank  Chapbook Contest Winner Soma Mei Sheng Frazier for  Don't Give Up on Alan Greenspan

2018 CutBank Chapbook Contest Winner Soma Mei Sheng Frazier for Don't Give Up on Alan Greenspan

See here for guidelines.

You can check out past winners here.

Get those manuscripts polished and in to us!

Our Brand-Spanking-New Winter Edition

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.

Check out a preview of the issue here. Order your copy now through our online store

AWP 2017: Success!

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.

We'll See YOU at AWP 2017

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 puppiesmore 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
  • 8:30pm10:00pm
  • Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20010)

CutBank 85, Fresh off the Press

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

Introducing CutBank 83!

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.

Poetry by:
Julie Henson
Emily Oliver
Caroline Crew
Brandon Rushton
Caiden Feldmiller
Lynne Potts
Denise Jarrott
John Surowiecki
Maxwell Shanley
Allison Reed
Eliza Rotterman
T. Zachary Cotler
Alice Gribbin
Briony Gylgayton
Marina Blitshteyn

Fiction by:

Zach VandeZande
Daniel Coshnear
Joseph Martin
Kira Archibald
Cady Vishniac
Annabel Graham

Nonfiction by:

Pamela Walters
Paul Rodgers
Olivia Worden
Paul Vega

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

CutBank 82 has arrived!

The wait is over - our latest print edition has arrived!

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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.

Buy it now or subscribe to receive future editions.

Contents:

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

 

CutBank 82 Launch and Montana MFA Anniversary Party

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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

Stop by and say hello + follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates now & during #AWP2015.

Latest News and Events

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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.

Web-Only Features

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.

CutBank Online Has A New Look!

Welcome to our newly redesigned website! Excuse us for our recent absence in your life – we missed you as much as you missed us! We’ve been hard at work developing a clean new face for CutBank Online. Things might look a little different now, but fear not.  We are still featuring all of your old favorites – the Burn Pile, Woodshop, reviews, interviews and more – and periodically, we’ll open submissions for special online features (like this summer’s All Accounts and Mixture feature).

To submit to any of our online features, send us an email at cutbankonline[at]gmail[dot]com.  Please read guidelines carefully at http://www.cutbankonline.org/submit/web.  For review and interview inquiries, send an email to cutbankpoetry[at]gmail[dot]com.

Check back soon for a sampling of literary links from around the web. And please, don’t hesitate to reach out with any feedback and ideas!  We love to hear from our online community!

Literary Journalism Program in Banff National Park

Victor_Dwyer4a1cd7 Dates:  July 7 – August 2, 2014. Apply by: March 15, 2014 Faculty: Ian Brown (Rogers Communications Chair), Victor Dwyer, Charlotte Gill

Imagine spending a month in Banff during the summer, with all expenses paid

Join 7 other established non-fiction writers seeking professional development with a community of peers for a fully-funded month-long creative journalism residency in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

While completing a $2,000 commission

After acceptance to the program, writers are commissioned to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece in consultation with one of our experienced faculty editors. On successful submission of their manuscript by the end of the residency, writers will receive a $2,000 commission fee.

In the privacy of our Leighton Artists’ Colony

In between individual consultations with faculty and round-table discussions with fellow writers and guests, participants will work on their manuscripts and enjoy the seclusion of their own space within the colony of unique studios hidden in the pine groves on Tunnel Mountain.

With unparalleled opportunities to learn from experienced professionals

Advance your professional development through work with the program chair, experienced and exacting faculty editors, as well as through peer interaction with each other. In addition, a series of outstanding guest speakers give public talks and will be available to participants for informal discussions during the residency.

Apply by March 15 for Literary Journalism at The Banff Centre this summer.