Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, began publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and works in translation by award winning writers just prior to the new millennium, and its national and international subscriptions, and thus its reach, have grown yearly. Each issue contains approximately four new stories, twenty-five new poems, and two essays, all of which are selected from unsolicited submissions sent from writers throughout the world. Natural Bridge accepts work year round, the editors and assistant editors sifting through approximately 1200 submissions each year. New, emerging, and mid-career writers whose work has been published in Natural Bridge have been anthologized and have gone on to win The Flannery O’Connor, the Drue Heinz, the John Ciardi prizes, and more. Additionally, we publish a special feature, a three part interview with an emerging writer, her publisher, and a reader which explores the aesthetic and literary connection between the three.
Natural Bridge, connected the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is published twice yearly, April and November, and uses a sophisticated Editor/Guest Editor system. The Editor is novelist and short story writer, Mary Troy, but novelist John Dalton and poets Steven Schreiner, Shane Seely, and Drucilla Wall periodically serve as Guest Editors.
Fiction writer Dusty Freund is the current Managing Editor. Fiction writers Kevin Gleich and Liam Cassidy, as well as poet Bridget McDonald serve as Associate Managing Editors. The Production Editor is Pierre Davis, a professor of business and technical writing who does the final proofreading.
Advanced MFA students, many already publishing their own work, serve as assistant editors/ first readers of all work submitted.
On this website, you will find news, calls for submissions, subscription information, as well as samples of our past issues.
Natural Bridge is a non-profit literary journal supported by the English Department at UM-St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Council.
Editor and Professor of English, she is the author of the novel Beauties, winner of the USA Book Award, and finalist for Forewords Book of the Year Award. Her previous three books are collections of short stories: Cookie Lily (winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Award); The Alibi Café and other stories; and Joe Baker Is Dead. Her stories and essays have appeared in many anthologies, and among her awards is a Nelson Algren.
Is an aging young person who holds a BS in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Missouri. While still capable of doing his own taxes, he now writes short stories for a limited audience of his peers. He resides in St. Louis and is currently hard at work on an unpublishable essay about homemade pizza.
Associate Managing Editors
Is a fiction writer happy to be earning his MFA in his home city. He serves as the webmaster for the Natural Bridge website. He considers himself a cat person, though he secretly does care for his two german shepherds. Kevin is currently writing a novel with the hope of having it completed sometime before the turn of the century.
Is an MFA candidate with a poetry focus. She is also a dancer, cat enthusiast, and proud owner of a plant named Fernest Stemingway. She has a BA in anthropology and these days is very interested in cross-genre writing.
is a MFA candidate with a focus in fiction writing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Liam is also a visual artist, podcaster, and whatever else doesn’t make any money.
Has more than forty years experience as a writer, grammarian, proofreader, illustrator, and painter. He teaches business and technical writing for the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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Mary Grace Buckley
Ruth Ellen Kocher
Naomi Shihab Nye