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 1, 2015-January 15, 2016.  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, 2016.  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!






CutBank 84 features Caleb Tankersley, the winner of our inaugural Big Sky / Small Prose Flash Contest, as well as the runners-up, Jane Wong and Natalie Lund. The issue also includes: 

Poetry by Taylor Gorman, Bo Schwabacher, Victoria McArtor, Matthew J. Spireng, Geoffrey Woolf, Emily O'Neill, DM Macormic, Danika Stegman, and Haesong Kwon

Fiction by Gene Albamonte, Melissa Gutierrez, Garrett Biggs, Kimberly Garza, and Jesse Goolsby.

Nonfiction by Gina Warren, Katherine E. Standefer, and Alana de Hinojosa. 

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Featuring winners of the 2015 Montana Prize for Fiction, Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize for Poetry.
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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.”

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


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.”

Please submit up to 7 poems. 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. 


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.”

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. We welcome all breeds of creative hybrid and collaboration. For this series, we seek work from artists 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 and artists whose work 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. 



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****IMPORTANT: Please include your name and mailing address as a submission and we'll ship the issue to you straight away. 

To help celebrate CutBank's 40th anniversary we've published a unique volume containing some of the finest writing we've published over the last 40 years.

It's an impressive list: Annick Smith, Chris Dombrowski, David Alan Cates, Debra Earling, Ed Skoog, Greg Pape, Jane Hirshfield, Jim Harrison, J. Robert Lennon, Judy Blunt, Karen Volkman, Kim Barnes, Kim Robert Stafford, Mông-Lan, Richard Hugo, Sandra Alcosser, and the venerable Williams, Kittredge and Stafford, among many, many others.

CutBank is published twice a year by the students of the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program. Issues include poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art, and juxtapose great new work by established writers alongside stellar writing from new voices.

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CutBank is published twice a year by the students of the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program. Issues include poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art, and juxtapose great new work by established writers alongside stellar writing from new voices.

***Your subscription will start with the forthcoming issue.***
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FICTION by Emma Copley Eisenberg, Faith Gardner, Leigh Gallagher, Tim Fitts, Haley Hach, and Matthew Socia

NONFICTION by Nick Neely, Matthew Ferrence, Laura Hartenberger, and Ana Maria Spagna

POETRY Joe Zendarsky, Marvin Shackelford, Kevin Phan, Colleen O’Brien,  Shawn Fawson, Christopher Kempf, Rebecca Aronson, Gary L. McDowell, Daniel Lusk, K Bissaillon, Andy Fogle, Jacob Newberry, Mónica Gomery, Connie Mae Oliver, Thomas Pattersen, Caroline Knapp, A. Anupama, Chad Reynolds, Laura Stott, Tirzah Goldenberg, Andrew Seguin, and Tiah Lindner Raphael      

ART by Nanuka Tchitchoua and Scout Cuomo

NUCLEAR is a "picture of a shadow," and the shadow is America--its dreams, its self-delusions, public and private. Sean Bernard shows he understands the story of America as well as anyone now writing. His prose is splendid, as clean as the desert wind. He is canny, wise, and heart-breaking: a major talent just beginning to be heard from.

—Tracy Daugherty, four-time winner of the Oregon Book Award and founder of the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Oregon State University.

“Sean Bernard's voice is that of a perceptive, funny friend, telling secrets about anxiety and love and the places where the two intersect.”
Scott O’Connor, author of Untouchable, winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

 

 

 

 

Sean Bernard is a fiction writer who lives in southern California and teaches at the University of La Verne. A 2012 NEA Literary Fellow in Prose, his stories have appeared in many journals, including Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Copper Nickel. His first novel, Studies in the Hereafter, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

When you chop up the ice and a little piece of blood sticks to the blade, and you carry it home without knowing it then see the red when you are about to clean your skates, you realize it's a little bit of someone's long memory...a stranger's memory but when you replay it on your microscope, it seems very familiar. You recognize it as a full fragment, an explosion, an heiress to James Joyce, but also, no, yes, it's the ice skater Evgeni Plushenko performing his remembrance of Nijinsky on a circular rink, it's Sandra Doller.

—Fannny Howe

 

 

 

Sandra Doller’s first two books, Oriflamme (2005) and Chora (2010), were both published by Ahsahta Press, and her third book is Man Years from Subito Press (2011). Her translation of Éric Suchère’s Mystérieuse won the 2012 Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest, selected by Christian Hawkey. A recipient of the Paul Engle-James Michener Fellowship, the Iowa Arts Fellowship and individual state artist awards, Doller completed her MA at the University of Chicago and her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The founder & editrice of 1913, Sandra has taught at alternative schools as well as Cornell College, Hollins, Boise State and California State University. After many many moves, she now lives in San Diego with man & dogs.

Kristin Hatch's poems have a conversational swoosh.  They appear funny; they are light on their feet.  Her poems throw a house party, and the people who attend all know each other, have tangled histories.  But she also extends a general welcome, "we're all so everybody," and after all, we show up because these are the days of our lives.  Underneath the quaintly leaking roof of this poetic abode, the poet is continually arranging cups and buckets that collect drips of disquiet, even menace.  To read these poems is to knock over one of those buckets and see what spills out: surprise, wit, soap opera drama.  Read at your own risk.  Hatch writes, "it looks so easy," in one poem, but clarifies in another "how easy/ it is to pull the trigger."

---Elizabeth Robinson

 

Kristin Hatch is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her full-length book, the meatgirl whatever, won the 2012 National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Fence Books. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Black Warrior Review, Forklift, Ohio and The Indiana Review. She lives in San Francisco.

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FICTION by Valerie Cumming, gc cunningham, Ian Golding, Charles Haverty, Kim Henderson, Justin Herrmann, Tamara Schuyler, EB Vandiver, Ursula Villarreal-Moura, and Brian Phillip Whalen

NONFICTION by Molly Galentine, Jay Kauffman, and Daniel Tyx

POETRY by Kristin George Bagdanov, Craig Beaven, Patrick Culliton, Judson Evans, Ralph Hamilton, Ally Harris, Adam Houle, Laura Kochman, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Sally Wen Mao, Tara Mae Mulroy, Montreux Rotholtz, Ali Shapiro, Julia Shipley, Abraham Smith, Jeff Tigchelaar, Lindsay Tigue, and Meg Wade

ART by Chris Chapman and Josh Shaffner

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FICTION by Chelsea Bolan, Naira Kuzmich, Amanda Shapiro, Anne Valente, Matt Valentine, Gabriel Welsh

POETRY by John M. Anderson, Evan Beaty, Thea Brown, Ashley Colley, Jesse Damiani, Ali Doerscher, Laura Donnelly, Jeff Downey, Rebecca Dunham, Andrea Francis, Kristen Gunther, John Welsley Horton, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde, Brandon Krieg, Julia Madsen, Sara Renee Marshall, Christian Nagle, Briana Noll, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Sean Rumschik, Claudia Florence Savage, Sarah Sousa, Greg Wrenn

NONFICTION by Elaine Bleakney, Matt Donovan, Kate Harris, Daisy Pitkin

ARTWORK by Josh Eck and Caitlin Finley

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FICTION by Sean Bernard, Joseph Celizic, Josh Denslow, Maggie Maurer, Madeline McDonnell, Erika Seay, Greta Schuler, Todd Seabrook, and J. David Stevens

POETRY by Adam Clay, CAConrad, Hannah Ensor, Sarah Gelston, AB Gorham, Zachary Greenberg, Derek Gromadzki, Lauren Hilger, Brandon Kreitler, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Angie Macri, and Sarah Kathryn Moore

NONFICTION by Barbara Duffey, Cal Freeman, Shara Sinor, and Ryan Spooner

ARTWORK by Morgan Blair and Nicole Simpkins

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FICTION by Karin Gottshall, John Goulet, Becky Adnot Haynes, Beverly Lowry, Anne Ray, and Nancy Stebbins

POETRY by Amaranth Borsuk, Emily Carr, Michael Earl Craig, Sarah Carson, Samuel Gray, Rebecca Hazelton, Molly Tenenbaum, Karen Volkman, Jane Wong, Robert Wrigley, Arianne Zwartjes, and other great poets

NONFICTION by Maggie Andersen, Ryan Flanagan, Heather Quinn, Catherine Sharpe, and Lois Welch

INTERVIEW by Peter Orner with filmmakers Alex Smith, Andrew Smith and Ken White regarding adapting James Welch's Winter in the Blood to film

COVER ART by Courtney Blazon

ARTWORKS by Brian Aldrich, Adam Baz, and Anne Tsantir

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Featuring:
FICTION by Ingrid Satelmajer, Justin Quarry, and Daniel Doehr.
CREATIVE NONFICTION by Rebekah Beall.
POETRY by Carlos Villacorta, Olivie Clare, Chloe Garcia-Roberts, Haines Eason, Michael Levan, Christopher DeWeese, Michael Peterson, Trey Moody, Cara Benson, and Ashley Seitz Kramer.
PHOTOGRAPHS by Aimee Lewis.