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!

In solidarity with the #DignidadLiteraria movement and the need for publication of Latinx voices telling our own stories, we are launching an ongoing online feature dedicated to work by Latinx writers, poets, essayists, and artists, including interviews. Send us your best work of approximately 5,000 words or up to five pieces of visual art 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 We welcome all forms of creative hybrid and collaboration, though work must be previously unpublished. We will accept simultaneous submissions with timely notification. 

CutBank will now be taking submissions for a weekly flash prose and prose poetry feature on our website. We are looking for your flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry. We will be reading for this feature year-round.

Submissions should be double spaced.  DO NOT include any contact info in the document, but do list that in the cover letter.  Submissions should be 750 words or fewer.

Please only submit unpublished, original work.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. Thank you for submitting!

Cutbank Literary Journal