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 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!

CutBank seeks keen and capable volunteer readers for general submissions! The work is flexible and, of course, voluntary, but we ask for about 2-3 hours of your time each week to read and evaluate either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We lean literary, but are attracted particularly to work that molds and warps the definition of "literary," and which surprises, blazes, uplifts and breaks hearts. We do not seek genre work (romance, erotica, sci fi, horror), though elements of genre are welcome.

This position is unpaid, however we are more than willing to provide references, and will provide complimentary copies of CutBank upon release. Position runs for the duration of our Volume 96-97 reading period (Sept - March), and though we'd appreciate your participation for the full duration, we do not require it.

Space on the team is limited, and so we will carefully consider each applicant, and we thank you in advance for your interest!

Cutbank Literary Journal