SUBMISSIONS

CutBank reads general submissions for print issues from September 15 through February 1.  

We accept submissions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Please read the submission guidelines for your selected genre closely.  

If you are unfamiliar with CutBank, we strongly recommend that you read a few issues of the magazine before submitting.  You can purchase a sample issue or the most recent issue at cutbankonline.org/shop or by selecting it from the list below.

CutBank Contests, including the Patricia Goedicke Prize for Poetry, Montana Prize for Fiction, and Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction, are open November 9-January 15.  There is a $20 reading fee for each prize, and one winner from each genre will be awarded $500.  Again, please read submission guidelines closely.  

The annual CutBank Chapbook Competition will be open January 1-March 31.  Contest entry is $20 and one winner will be awarded $1000 and publication of the chapbook.  Please read submission guidelines carefully.

Thank you for your interest in CutBank and for supporting the magazine.  We look forward to reading your work!






Ends on March 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Deadline
January 1 - March 31 2018

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published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work.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 Submishmash 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 89 upon its release in spring/summer 2018. 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, 2018. Please submit 25 to 40 pages of typed poetry in either DOC/DOCX/RTF/PDF format. For poetry, 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 at www.cutbankonline.com in late May 2018.

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, 2018. 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!

Ends on March 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Deadline
January 1 - March 31 2018

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 Submishmash 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 89 upon its release in spring/summer 2018. 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, 2018. 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 at www.cutbankonline.com in late May 2018.

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, 2018. 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!

Ends on January 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Open November 9 - January 15, the Montana Prize in Fiction seeks to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. The winner, chosen by judge Monica Drake, will be featured in CutBank 89 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!


CONTEST GUIDELINES:
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. Please send only a single work of no greater than 35 pages. Please submit only once per genre - writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres.  

Please DO NOT include any biographical information in your manuscript, but do include a short cover letter in the space provided that mentions your address (where your subscription will be sent), phone number, and email address, as well as the title of your work.  We apologize that CutBank is not able to send subscriptions to international addresses at this time.  

Author names will be removed from the pool of submissions that goes before our contest judges. Current subscribers may submit for the same $20 fee—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 May 15, 2018. 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. Winners will be required to complete a W-9 form to receive payment.  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 89 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.

Ends on January 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Open November 9 - January 15, the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction seeks to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. The winner, chosen by judge Sarah Gerard, will be featured in CutBank 89 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!


CONTEST GUIDELINES:
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. Please send only a single work of no greater than 35 pages. Please submit only once per genre - writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres.

Please DO NOT include any biographical information in your manuscript, but do include a short cover letter in the space provided that mentions your address (where your subscription will be sent), phone number, and email address, as well as the title of your work.  We apologize that CutBank is not able to send subscriptions to international addresses at this time.  

Author names will be removed from the pool of submissions that goes before our contest judges. Current subscribers may submit for the same $20 fee—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 May 15, 2018. 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. Winners will be required to complete a W-9 form to receive payment.  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 89 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.

Ends on January 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Open November 9 - January 15, the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry seeks to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. The winner, chosen by our judge Sarah Vap, will be featured in CutBank 89 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!


CONTEST GUIDELINES:
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. Submit up to five poems. Please submit only once per genre - writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres.  All manuscripts are considered for publication in CutBank.


Please DO NOT include any biographical information in your manuscript, but do include a short cover letter in the space provided that mentions your address (where your subscription will be sent), phone number, and email address, as well as the title of your work.  We apologize that CutBank is not able to send subscriptions to international addresses at this time.  

Author names will be removed from the pool of submissions that goes before our contest judges. Current subscribers may submit for the same $20 fee—subscriptions will be extended by one year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your submission via Submittable immediately should it be accepted elsewhere (to withdraw a single poem, email us at editor.cutbank[at]gmail[dot]com). We are unable to offer refunds.

Entrants will be notified of their submission status no later than May 15, 2018. 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. Winners will be required to complete a W-9 form to receive payment.  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 89 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.

Ends on February 1, 2018

Fiction submissions should be double spaced.  DO NOT include any contact info in the document, but do list that in the cover letter.  We are unable to read unsolicited submissions of more than 8,500 words.

Please only submit unpublished, original work. Include a cover letter with a brief biography and contact info including name, address, phone number and email address.  We're always happy to accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. 

We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, however please do not submit again until you hear back from us. Response time is typically 2 to 4 months. Thank you for submitting!

Ends on February 1, 2018

Nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced. DO NOT include contact info in the document, but be sure to list it in the cover letter.  We are unable to read unsolicited submissions of more than 8,500 words.

Please only submit unpublished, original work.  Include a cover letter with a brief biography and contact info including name, address, phone number and email address.  We're always happy to accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. 

We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, however please do not submit again until you hear back from us. Response time is typically 2 to 4 months. Thank you for submitting!

Ends on February 1, 2018

Poetry submissions may include up to five poems.  All poems should be uploaded as one file, with page breaks between poems.  DO NOT include any contact information in the document, but be sure to include it in your cover letter.

Please only submit unpublished, original work. Include a cover letter with a brief biography and contact info including name, address, phone number and email address. We're always happy to accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw your entire submission, use Submittable. To withdraw part of your submission, email us at editor.cutbank[at]gmail[dot]com.

We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, however, please do not submit again until you hear back from us. Response time is typically 2 to 4 months. Thank you for submitting!