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Open November 9 - February 1, the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction seeks to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. The winner, chosen by judge Peter Godwin, will be featured in CutBank 95 and receive $500. All pieces will be considered for print publication. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions are accepted November 9 through February 1. Submissions are accepted through our online submission manager only.  The $20 contest entry fee covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. Please send only a single work of no greater than 35 pages. Please submit only once per genre - writers are permitted to submit in multiple genres.

Please DO NOT include any biographical information in your manuscript, but do include a short cover letter in the space provided that mentions your address (where your subscription will be sent), phone number, and email address, as well as the title of your work.  We apologize that CutBank is not able to send subscriptions to international addresses at this time.  

Author names will be removed from the pool of submissions that goes before our contest judges. Current subscribers may submit for the same $20 fee—subscriptions will be extended by one year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your submission via Submittable immediately should it be accepted elsewhere. We are unable to offer refunds.

Entrants will be notified of their submission status no later than May 15, 2022. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 97, our summer 2022 issue.  All rights to selected manuscripts revert to the author upon publication. The author grants their permission to have their work electronically archived as part of CutBank 97 in EBSCO International's subscription-based research database. Current University of Montana students and faculty and former CutBank staff are not eligible for the awards.

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