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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
Representative Authors: 
Rita Dove, Mary Karr, William Stafford, Wendell Berry, James Welch, Tommy Orange, Raymond Carver, Steve Almond, Louise Erdrich, James Galvin, Melissa Kwasny, Rick DiMarinis, David Alan Cates, Debra Earling, Patricia Goedicke, Richard Hugo, Robert Wrigley, James Lee Burke, William Pitt Root, Ted Kooser
Online, Print
Reading Period: 
Sep 15 to Feb 1
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$17 per year
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Established by Richard Hugo and William Kittredge in 1973, CutBank is Montana’s oldest literary magazine. They are run by the students of the University of Montana Creative Writing MFA program, publishing two annual print issues of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

Tips From the Editor

Thematically and technically, we’re looking for outstanding, creative, stimulating work that combines classic discipline and excellence with contemporary forms, ideas, and concerns. We're global in scope, but with a regional bias. CutBank leans heavily toward the literary and typically doesn’t publish highly experimental work, erotica, hard fantasy or science fiction, genre work, or standalone chapters from longer works unless they hold up as a flash-style piece. That said, we are intrigued by well-crafted elements of those genres in a piece, so long as the work itself adheres to the overall literary standards we’re seeking. You can find more specific guidelines on the submissions page.

Contact Information

Jenny Rowe, 2023-2024 Editor in Chief
The University of Montana
Department of English, Liberal Arts 101
32 Campus Drive
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Last updated: Jan 30, 2024