Issue #30 Now Available

Natural Bridge Issue #30 is Edited by Shane Seely and continues Natural Bridge‘s tradition of featuring the best new work from emerging and established writers, including a new three-part interview with Amanda Coplin.

Here is an excerpt from Seely’s introduction:

To edit a literary journal is to gain special insight into the ecosystem of contemporary literary writing. If reading a literary journal is like going to a fish market, then editing one is like hauling up a trawler net: we see not just the fleshy beauties packed in ice, but the full biome —everything that the ecosystem offers. And, while our oceans struggle under the pressure of our hungers, our literary ecosystem flourishes: each week, I and my editorial team found writhing in our nets an astonishing variety of living, breathing literary work. It became quickly clear what we might otherwise forget: that the world is full of writers. Brave, wild, passionate, dedicated writers. It was heartening, amid the constant reports of the waning of the written word, to be so reminded.

Of course, most of the writing we hauled up we had to throw back. Some didn’t suit us. Some was too similar or too different from what we had already taken. We made some tough decisions. We argued. We digressed. We ate leftover birthday cake. In the end, we brought back a clutch of rich, powerful writing that we are proud to present to readers. These are the fleshy beauties, presented for your pleasure and your illumination.

Natural Bridge 2014 Pushcart Nominations

Natural Bridge is proud to present our nominations for next year’s Pushcart Prize (Best of the Small Presses) : “Erosion” by Jaimee Wriston Colbert, “Hurricane Machine” by Kim Bradley, “The Gatecrasher of Hyboria” by Ron Austin, “Charity: a memoir” by L.E. Kimball, “Summer Almanac” by Joe Betz, and “Absence of Elephants” by Walter Bargen. Congratulations and best of luck to all our nominees!

Now Accepting Submissions Online

Natural Bridge is now accepting submissions for Issue #32 online through Submittable.

Call for Submissions
Veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan

Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, published by the University of Missouri–St. Louis, seeks stories, poems, and essays for a special section in Issue 32 that will chronicle the American soldier’s experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We welcome well-written and original combat stories, but are especially interested in stories, poems, and essays that explore unexpected incidents and curious behavior that happens on the sidelines of war.  The remainder of Issue 32 will feature stories, poems, and essays on any topic.

Please use our electronic submission system, found at, or send hard copies to Natural Bridge, University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121.  Deadline for Issue #32 is March 1, 2014.  Issue #32 will be out in Fall 2014. Contributors receive 2 copies and a one year subscription.

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