General submissions for issue #25 ARE OPEN through Jan 31, 2020. We seek fiction, essays, nonfiction, poetry, art & photography to be published in spring 2020. The theme is open. Send us your best work!

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2020 Montana Prize for Fiction - OPEN
Author Rick Bass will serve as the judge for this annual $1000 prize.
(October 1 – January 31, 2020)

Once a year, Whitefish Review offers a $1000 prize, winner-takes-all, for the best story submitted to our fiction contest, judged by author Rick Bass.

What Rick looks for in a submission:
"I'm so hungry for good stories, I will simply choose the best submission regardless of theme. That said, Shakespeare reported that all literature is about loss....so the odds are that the winning story will look at loss in some way. But who knows? Surprise me. What makes me smile when I read a good story? The basics. Beauty. Attentiveness. Crystalline specificity in an era of great uncertainty. The basics. Hold the adverbs."

Author Rick Bass serves as the judge for Whitefish Review's annual fiction prize—"The Rick Bass/Montana Award for Fiction”. 

First place winner of the fiction award will receive a $1,000 and be published in #25 to be released spring 2020. All submissions will be considered for publication, but only one story will be awarded the prize.

There is no theme restriction. 

Says Rick: "I'm so hungry for good stories, I will simply choose the best submission regardless of theme. That said, Shakespeare reported that all literature is about loss....so the odds are that the winning story will look at loss in some way. But who knows? Surprise me. What makes me smile when I read a good story? The basics. Beauty. Attentiveness. Crystalline specificity in an era of great uncertainty. The basics. Hold the adverbs.”

Rick Bass is the author of over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. His newest book is The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with America’s Finest Writers (Little, Brown & Co: 2018). He is a founding board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council (www.yaakvalley.org) and also teaches in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. 

His novel, All the Land to Hold Us, received France’s Prix Laure Bataillon for the best book translated to French, and his memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  

Bryan Woolley of the Dallas Morning News  said, "Probably no American writer since Hemingway has written about man-in-nature more beautifully or powerfully than Rick Bass."

He lives in Montana’s Yaak Valley. rickbass.net


  Submission Fee: $20
Submission Information
  → Prose should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times font.
  → Submit one (1) previously unpublished story under 7000 words per entry.
***IMPORTANT***
  1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".pdf", ".doc", ".docx", or ".rtf" file extension.
  2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
      → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_fiction_titleofwork.doc"

Your Best Work

   Submit one (1) story under 5000 words.

   ***IMPORTANT***
   1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".doc" or ".docx", file extension.
   2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
       → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_fiction_titleofwork.doc"
 Prose should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times font.
 Indicate word count at the top of your piece.
Include a title and your name at the top.

The submission period runs from Nov 15 - Feb. 15, 2020.

Send us your best! 

(Grace period through Feb 17.)


Send us Your Best

   Submit one (1) essay or narrative under 5000 words.

   ***IMPORTANT***
   1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".doc", ".docx", file extension.
   2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
       → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_nonfiction_titleofwork.doc"
  Prose should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times font. Please indicate word count at the top of your piece.

The submission period runs from Nov 15 - Feb. 15, 2020.
Send us your best!
(Grace period through Feb 17.)


 Please submit up to 3 poems as 1 document.

Your Best Work

   ***IMPORTANT***
   1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".doc", or ".docx" file extension.
   2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
       → File Naming Standard: "lastname_poetry_shorttitlesofworksincluded.doc"

The submission period runs from Nov 15 - Feb. 15, 2020.

Send us your best! 

(Grace period through Feb 17.)

Submit up to 10 files.

Blow us away with what you do!

   Sumission format: *VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE FOLLOW*
       → JPEG (.jpg) format
      → 300 dpi
      → 6 x 9 inches (in either orientation)
   We need to review submissions in resolution as we might print them.

   ***IMPORTANT***
   1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".jpg" file extension.

 2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
       → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_art_titleofwork.jpg"
       → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_photo_titleofwork.jpg"
 Pieces we select are offered a page to talk about their work -- it may help if you write a couple sentences about your submissions.

The submission period runs from Nov 15 - Feb. 15, 2020.

Send us your best! 

(Grace period through Feb 17.)

Your Best Work

 Submit up to (10) black and white photos or art reproductions.

   Sumission format: *Please submit in the proper resolution*
       → JPEG (.jpg) format
      → 300 dpi
      → 6 x 9 inches (in either orientation)
   We need to review submissions in resolution as we might print them.

   ***IMPORTANT***
   1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".jpg" file extension.

2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
       → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_art_titleofwork.jpg"
       → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_photo_titleofwork.jpg"

The submission period runs from Nov 15 - Feb. 15, 2020.

Send us your best! 

(Grace period through Feb 17.)

Whitefish Review seeks young writers, artists, and photographers beginning their journey. Use this category if you are high school level or below.

   → Art: Up to 10 pieces of art (all genres)
   → Photography: Up to 10 color photos AND/OR 10 black and white photos
   → Fiction: 1 piece (under 5000 words)
   → Non-fiction: 1 piece (under 5000 words)
   → Poetry: up to 3 poems in one document

Please only submit in one category at a time. Label your submission title in the genre you are submitting.

The submission period runs from Nov 15 - Feb. 15, 2020.

Send us your best! 

(Grace period through Feb 17.)

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