SUBMISSIONS


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


We accept submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art.  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-February 1.  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-May 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!







$20.00

  Submission Period
January 15 - May 31, 2023

Award
Print publication, $1,000 cash prize (winner) or $250 (two runners-up), 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published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work.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, but please note that reading fees are non-refundable and you must withdraw the manuscript immediately via Submittable 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, and may not be a current student, faculty member, or employee of the University of Montana.

Reading Fee
Your $20 non-refundable reading fee helps cover the costs of printing, awards, postage, and distribution. Our chapbook readers are an all-volunteer staff of University of Montana creative writing graduate students.

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 May 31, 2023. 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 September 2023.

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 $1,000 honorarium plus 25 copies of their published book. Two runners-up receive $250, publication, and 25 copies of their published book. The winner will be announced by CutBank, the winning book will be featured and available for sale on the CutBank website. The contest will be judged by the CutBank editorial staff. Entries must be submitted between January 1 and May 31, 2022. Winners will be contacted and announced in September 2023.

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. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members, and may not be a current student, faculty member, or employee of the University of Montana.

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!

$20.00

Submission Period

January 15 - May 31, 2023    

Award

Print publication, $1,000 cash prize (winner) or $250 (two runners-up), 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, but please note that reading fees are non-refundable and you must withdraw the manuscript immediately via Submittable 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, and may not be a current student, faculty member, or employee of the University of Montana.    

Reading Fee

Your $20 non-refundable reading fee helps cover the costs of printing, awards, postage, and distribution. Our chapbook readers are an all-volunteer staff of University of Montana creative writing graduate students.    

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 May 31, 2023. 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 September 2023.    

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 $1,000 honorarium plus 25 copies of their published book. Two runners-up receive $250, publication, and 25 copies of their published book. The winner will be announced by CutBank, the winning book will be featured and available for sale on the CutBank website. The contest will be judged by the CutBank editorial staff. Entries must be submitted between January 1 and May 31, 2022. Winners will be contacted and announced in September 2023.

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. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members, and may not be a current student, faculty member, or employee of the University of Montana.    

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!

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Open December 1 through February 7, 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 will be featured in CutBank 99 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. 

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain will judge the finalists and choose the winner for the 2022-23 contest. We look forward to reading your work!

 
CONTEST GUIDELINES:
Submissions are accepted December 1 through February 1. Submissions are accepted through our online submission manager only. The $20 contest entry fee covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. Please send only a single work of no greater than 35 pages. Writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres, but please submit only once per genre

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 and their 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 June 1, 2023. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 99, our summer 2023 issue.  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 99 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.

$20.00

Open December 1 through February 7, 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 will be featured in CutBank 99 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. 

Joni Tevis will judge the finalists and choose the winner for the 2022-23 contest. We look forward to reading your work!

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Submissions are accepted December 1 through February 1. Submissions are accepted through our online submission manager only. The $20 contest entry fee covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. Please send only a single work of no greater than 35 pages. Writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres, but please submit only once per genre.

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 and their 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 June 1, 2023. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 99, our summer 2023 issue.  

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 99 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.

$20.00

Open December 1 through February 7, 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 will be featured in CutBank 99 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. 

JP Grasser will judge the finalists and select the winner of the 2022-23 contest. We look forward to reading your work!

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Submissions are accepted December 1 through February 1. Submissions are accepted through our online submission manager only. The $20 contest entry fee covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. Please send only a single work of no greater than five poems or 35 pages. Writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres, but please submit only once per genre.

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 and their 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 June 1, 2023. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 99, our summer 2023 issue.  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 99 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.

CutBank is offering the platform of issue #99 to showcase the work of Indigenous writers and artists. Whether or not you are an enrolled tribe member, if you identify as Indigenous, we would love to consider your work for publication in this 50th anniversary print edition of CutBank magazine. 

We are not requiring a submission fee for this issue in order to make submitting open to as many writers and artists as possible. Submissions will be open from Feb. 1 to March 15, 2023.

CutBank 99 will also include the winning entries from the 2023 poetry, nonfiction, and fiction contests, as judged by JP Grasser, Joni Tevis, and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain.

What we're seeking:

Thoughtful, well-crafted works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art for inclusion in the spring/summer 2023 print issue. We encourage you to push boundaries, skillfully. While we don't typically publish sub-genre works (e.g., fantasy, erotica, sci-fi, etc.), we're open to work that includes well-written elements of these genres. 

We're also looking for a few outstanding pieces of visual art (digital art, digital files of classic-medium art, and photography) to include in the interior pages of the issue. Please keep in mind that our printed interior artwork appears in black-and-white.

We do offer a modest cash honorarium, in addition to two contributor's copies, for all work published in print.

The nuts and bolts:

  • Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced. We are unable to read unsolicited submissions of more than 8,500 words, and much of what we publish falls between 3,000 to 5,000 words.
  • Poetry submissions may include up to five poems. All poems should be uploaded as one file, with page breaks between poems. 
  • Visual art submissions may include up to five individual pieces as JPEG or TIFF files of at least 300 DPI. Please include an artist biography. Artist statements are appreciated but not required.

Please do NOT include any contact information in the document, but be sure to include it in your cover letter. Please include a cover letter with a brief biography, tribal affiliation (if applicable), and contact info including name, address, phone number, and email address.

Please only submit unpublished, original work. We're 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. If you're submitting poetry or visual art and need to withdraw part of your submission, please email us at editor.cutbank[at]gmail[dot]com.

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