Cutbank Literary Journal

There are presently no open calls for 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 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 December 1 through February 16th (DEADLINE EXTENDED THIS YEAR).  There is a $20 reading fee for each prize, and one winner from each genre will be awarded $500 as well as publication in our summer/fall issue.  Again, please read submission guidelines closely.  We also have an annual Big Sky, Small Prose contest that seeks out fiction or creative nonfiction entries of 750 words or less. The winner of this contest will be awarded $500 as well as publication in our winter/spring issue. We typically also select at least two runner-ups for publication as well. Each contest is assisted by a guest judge from the wider writing community. 

The annual CutBank Chapbook Competition will be open January 1 through May 31.  Contest entry is $20 and one winner will be awarded $1000 and publication of the chapbook. We also select two runner-ups and award them $250 each (as well as publication). 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 Literary Journal