MTPR Plans 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest

January 16, 2015

MISSOULAMontana Public Radio will host its 50th Anniversary short fiction contest to be judged by Missoula writer and editor Caroline Patterson. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to submit a story, and winners will receive cash prizes, including $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Winning stories will be featured on MTPR’s popular literary program, “The Write Question,” and on the station’s website and social media outlets. Stories must be no longer than 700 words and must include Montana Public Radio in some way. Writers must submit stories online by March 15, and there is no entry fee. For more information, official rules and the submission link, visit

Caroline Patterson has published “Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart,” as well as two children's books on the natural world. Her literary fiction has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Epoch and Seventeen, among others. She teaches at the University of Montana and is the executive director for the Missoula Writing Collaborative.

“The Write Question” is a weekly program that features authors from the western U.S. and is produced by MTPR’s Chérie Newman. The program also airs on Yellowstone Public Radio and stations in Idaho, Washington and Colorado.

MTPR began broadcasting in January 1965 as KUFM-FM at UM. During its early days, it was a small student-training facility that belonged to the UM journalism school, and it was entirely dependent upon the availability of students and volunteers. With only 10 watts of power, the station barely broadcast to the campus boundaries. Fifty years later, MTPR is a public media network serving 500,000 Montanans in the western and central regions of the state. The station’s digital content, online at, serves people from around the world with timely Web content, a live stream and podcasts.

For more information, email Newman at or call 406-370-1069. 


Contact: Chérie Newman, Montana Public Radio, 406-370-1069,