CutBank's 2019 Best of the Net Nominations

2019 has been a good year for the Flash genre here at CutBank, filled with innovative and gut-twisting online fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Nevertheless, there are some pieces we feel should have special attention paid to them. Here are the nominations for CutBank’s Best of the Net 2019. Go check them out!




Second Wind's Stacked Autumn 2019 Schedule

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 VFW: 245 W Main St. Admission is free. Come join us, and show your support for the Missoula writing community!

Add these dates to your calendar, and follow Second Wind on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for reminders and up-to-the-minute news.

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The 2019 Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest Is Now Open!

Melinda Moustakis, author of  Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories , will be this year’s judge for the Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest.

Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, will be this year’s judge for the Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest.

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. 

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 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.

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

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.

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!


Please submit up to 7 poems.


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.


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

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