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.
Poet Bridget McDonald is the current Managing Editor. Fiction writers Danielle Gillespie and Ginger O’Donnell 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.
Natural Bridge is a non-profit literary journal supported by the English Department at UM-St. Louis.