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.

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.

Latest News and Events


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.

Whitefish Review Releases Issue #14, The Hunger Issue

By Allison Linville  


Last weekend, a group of CutBankers visited our neighbors in Whitefish for the release of Whitefish Review’s fourteenth issue, the Hunger Issue.

The Whitefish Review was created in 2007 by Brian Schott as an outlet for creative writing, art, and photography with a slant toward mountain culture.  While Schott is the founding editor, Issue #14 was edited by Matt Holloway, Whitefish Review’s fiction editor.

When I first moved to Whitefish in 2008, I picked up one of the early issues of the Whitefish Review at Bookworks, the local bookstore.  I was amazed that a small ski town produced such a high-quality literary publication, and I knew immediately that there was some incredible talent in the Flathead Valley.  I have been increasingly impressed with the following that the Whitefish Review has earned and the popular authors that they publish as well as their commitment to discovering new, young authors.

The release party on December 14th brought together well-known authors with emerging writers to read and mingle at Casey’s Bar in Whitefish.  Supporters of the creative arts community arrived to fill the venue and remind us of the astounding support for the arts we receive in Montana.

The event featured readings by Kate Ehrenburg, a young, local author, as well as Charles Finn, David Allen Cates, and Tim Cahill.  The crowd was energetic and engaged as each reader presented their work.  The event was a brilliant success and I am excited to attend the next release party in honor of upcoming Issue #15.

Cutbank staff would like to thank Brian Schott and the Whitefish Review crew for partnering with us and including us in the event. We appreciate the recognition and the opportunity to sell various items including 40 Years of Cutbank anthologies and Cutbank issue #79.  The writing of David Allen Cates, who had work published in Whitefish Review’s Hunger Issue and read at the release, is also featured in 40 Years of Cutbank, which is available in our online store.


SECOND WIND: Listen to Rachel Mindell and Kim Bell read

photokimbellEvery week we record Second Wind for the listening pleasure of those who weren’t able to make it in person. In anticipation of tonight’s reading, here are the vocalizations of Rachel Mindell and Kim Bell. Both are second year MFAers, Rachel in poetry and Kim in creative nonfiction.

Rachel's writing has appeared in Horse Less Review, Delirious Hem, interrupture, Caliban, Barn Owl Review, and Pity Milk. Her dog and cat run the household. Some of favorite authors include Anne Carson, CD Wright, Milan Kundera, Hafiz, Julio Cortazar, John Berryman, Alberto Rios, Toni Morrison, Mary Jo Bang and you. She loves Harper’s, The American Poetry Review, Jacket2, and Diagram, among many.

Kim received her B.A. in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and when she’s not corrupting young minds as a T.A. out west, she lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.  Some of her favorite Non Fiction authors include Mary Karr, Jeannette Walls, Nick Flynn, Judy Blunt, Alexandra Fuller, David Foster Wallace, T.R. Reid, Jim Harrison, and Melanie Thernstrom.

Second Wind is a reading series that pairs second-year MFA students in the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program with an established community or faculty writer. Second Wind takes place every Sunday at 6 pm at the Badlander, 208 Ryman St, Missoula. (Click here for directions.)

Karen Volkman reads at Second Wind

Please join us again this Sunday, October 20th, at 6pm for another installment of Second Wind! We're excited to have Maud Streep and Karen Volkman reading this week.

Maud Streep is a second-year MFA student in the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program. Karen Volkman is an American poet who teaches at the University of Montana. Her first book, Crash’s Law, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by Norton in 1996. Her second book, Spar, received the Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2002 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. A third book, Nomina, was published by BOA Editions in Spring 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics and The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Writing. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

Second Wind is a weekly reading that pairs second-year students in Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with established faculty, community, and alumni writers. We're stoked to be back at the Badlander (208 Ryman St.) for this year's readings. The Badlander is a bar, but patrons under 21 are very welcome.

CutBank at 2013 Montana Festival of the Book

As part of our Fortieth Anniversary Celebration, CutBank will host a panel during the 2013 Montana Festival of the Book on the history of Montana's oldest literary journal. Current editor Rachel Mindell will moderate a discussion with former editors on a variety of topics, including aesthetics, regionalism, submissions (how they are received and from whom), and the use of technology. She will also briefly discuss our current major project, the creation of a forty year anthology.

The panel will include:

  • Robert Wrigley (editor, CutBank 4 and 5)
  • Judy Blunt (editor, CutBank 39 and 40)
  • Henrietta Goodman (editorial board, CutBank 39 and 40; poetry editor CutBank 41 and 42)
  • Ed Skoog (fiction editor CutBank 45 and 46)

The Forty Years of CutBank panel will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the Missoula Art Museum.

CutBank is pleased to be a part of a wonderful line up at the 2013 Montana Festival of the Book that includes a reading from Sherman Alexie, a showing of the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood, and a special luncheon with James Lee Burke. See the entire schedule here.

SECOND WIND: Listen to Brenden Oliva and Robert Stubblefield read (Sept. 15, 2013)

HEZ_0569 Every week we record Second Wind for the listening pleasure of those who weren't able to make it in person. In anticipation of tonight's reading, here are the vocalizations of Brenden Oliva and Robert Stubblefield.

Brenden, an MFAer in his second year, reads from "300 Deluxe," a nonfiction piece he describes as "auto erotica".

Robert Stubblefield teaches creative writing at the University of Montana. He reads an excerpt from an essay called "The Measure of Water," which originally appeared in High Desert Journal.

Second Wind is a reading series that pairs second-year MFA students in the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program with an established community or faculty writer. Second Wind takes place every Sunday at 6 pm at the Badlander, 208 Ryman St, Missoula. (Click here for directions.)