Montana Mouthful is an independent, nonprofit literary magazine devoted to publishing short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork. We began as a small group of writers in Helena who decided to take the leap to help others publish their creative works. Montana Mouthful is governed by three editors, all who are equal officers. All officers are currently donating their own time, and thus far, their own money to the project.
Although we accept writing and artwork from around the country and beyond, we seek to establish stronger bonds with our local literary and artistic community. Stories and images from fellow Montanans have been featured in all of our issues, and we hope to inspire more local people to submit to Montana Mouthful for a chance to be featured.
Beginning with issue two, Montana Mouthful included a regular feature that highlights another local Helena nonprofit, The Shop University. The ShopU teaches extensive daily English classes to teenagers and adults in the Helena area. As editors of Montana Mouthful, we felt it was important to include these essays in our issues because, as Suzy Williams, founder of The ShopU states, “Writing is often the last of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) where fluency is developed. Each of our students has dreams, goals, and stories. Being able to showcase their stories in a language they have worked so hard to learn for the community to read is an unbelievable gift.”
In the future, we’ll offer story writing workshops and other literary events for the local Helena community.
Continue paying operational costs for the website and magazine layout, to be able to pay our contributors, and to create some promotional materials (postcards, etc.) that we can mail to our local community to advertise events and upcoming magazine issues.
We have only just received our 501(c)3 status from the IRS on May 2, 2019, so we have not had any fundraising events so far. However, we are planning a Patreon campaign.
Operational costs for website and layout, marketing materials, hold workshops, and pay contributors.