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 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!

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Please only submit unpublished, original work.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