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Manuscript consultation. Julie Stevenson, literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin in New York, is donating three 50-page manuscript critiques in order to support the Montana Book Festival and local writers. The top three contributors to the crowdfunding campaign at $200 or more, will be the lucky recipients of Julie's expertise.

She will provide a two-page written critique that mentions areas of strength and areas for improvement, as well as some page notes on the manuscript. She will meet in person with the winner at a local coffee shop for a half hour to discuss the work and answer questions. All critiques and meetings will be completed by the end of December. 

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And the winners are...

We received so many quality Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction submissions to the 2017 Emerging Writer's Contest, and narrowing it down to one winner in each category was difficult for the judges.  Sincere thanks to all who participated.  It truly was a pleasure to read the submissions.

Winners this year include:

Fiction:  Patrick Vala-Haynes, "The Henchman."  

Fiction Finalists- Rick George, Calvin Gimpelvich, Matthew Greene, Paul Huard, Terri Johnston, Josh Potter, Christopher Maccini, Susan Rowe, Mark Sanderson

Nonfiction:  Catherine Raven, "St. Ex's Boa."  

Nonfiction Finalists- Ser Anderson, Jude Brewer, Elissa Favero, Stephen Lottridge, Tamara Love, Briana Lovell, Christin Rzasa, Lauren Westerfield, Laura Zak

Poetry:  R. Cassandra Bruner, "Heartland."  

Poetry Finalists-Callie Atkinson, Michael Byrne, Janet Sleeper Frostad, Kim Kent, Kate Morris, Corey Oglesby, Christin Rzasa, Josh Silfven-Floyd, Fallon Sullivan

Stay tuned in the next few days to read the winning entries!



Author Jane Smiley confirmed for 2017 MBF

The Montana Book Festival is excited to feature noted author Jane Smiley in our 2017 festival lineup.

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres. She is the author of over a dozen novels, and has also written numerous young adult novels, short stories, and non-fiction works.

In 2001, Smiley was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She won the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, and chaired the judges' panel for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize in 2009.

Book Tales: Every Reader Has A Story

Is there a book on your nightstand?  Are there books on your coffee table, kitchen counter, or in your bathroom?  Which books live in your desk, your backpack, your car?  Which books live in your memory?  

The Montana Book Festival is interested in your Book Tales, so we're asking readers around the state to share stories about what they're reading, why they read, and what books matter most to them.  Stay tuned as we post Book Tales of Montana readers from Hingham to Hamilton, Whitefish to Wibaux, and all points in-between.  

2017 Regional Emerging Writer's Contest Now Open

Calling all emerging writers in the Northwest Region! 

The popular Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest for unpublished writers returns in 2017 with three entry categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

One winner in each of the three categories will receive $100. At least one of these three winners will also receive travel support and accommodations to give a reading in Missoula at the Montana Book Festival. 

The contest will be open from April 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017. 

Final contest judges are all notable authors who participated in the 2016 Montana Book Festival:

  • Richard Fifield: Fiction
  • Amanda Fortini: Nonfiction
  • Sherwin Bitsui: Poetry

Click HERE for more information and to submit your entry.