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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Please be sure to read our General Guidelines before submitting.

Issue 27 Available Now!

Issue 26

Natural Bridge Issue 27 is guest edited by Eamonn Wall and continues Natural Bridge‘s tradition of featuring the best new work from emerging and established writers, including a new three-part interview with Kevin Wilson.

From the introduction:

This new issue of Natural Bridge, coming to you from the MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was edited from late-August to mid-December 2011. We began our deliberations towards the end of a summer that many considered a scorcher when the air, to recall Harold Brodkey’s memorable description of a St. Louis summer, felt like wet noodles. We ended in a mild week, the temperatures rising and thunderstorms expected, the shops seeming more crowded each day, another year winding down

Continue reading the introduction.

Issue 26 Available Now!

Issue 26

Natural Bridge Issue 26, The Living Earth, is guest edited by Drucilla Wall and continues Natural Bridge‘s tradition of featuring the best new work from emerging and established writers.

From the introduction:

The response to the thematic focus for this issue—the living earth—has been wonderfully diverse, complex, deeply examined, and anything but the expected. The voices contained within explore the life we share with all that broadly includes the natural world, with its multitudinous ways of being and becoming, dying and bringing forth, knowing and forgetting. Each writer contributes to the vast web that is the Story of us all—intimate, subtle, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, always alive—the yearnings of human love and loss contained in a jar of cranberry sauce or a spot of swampland with parrots; the unexpected communion with the Sacred at a river’s mouth; or simply the cliff rocks themselves holding the dripping moss at the terrifying waterfall. If there is one unifying aspect, then it is that we ignore our connections to that living Story at our own peril.

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Natural Bridge at AWP

Going to the AWP Conference and bookfair in Chicago this year? So is Natural Bridge.

Come visit us at the bookfair where we will be sharing table O18 with the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ MFA in Creative Writing Program and the WomenArts Quarterly Journal. We will have copies of our most recent issue, #26 The Living Earth, discounted back issues and, of course, free candy.

Looking for something to do Thursday night? The UMSL MFA Program will host a reception, Thursday March 1, 7-8:15 in the Joliet Room, Hilton Hotel, 3rd floor. Feel free to stop by and have a drink, get to know us, pick up a copy of the journal.

Celebrations – News from our Contributors

We are never surprised when authors we publish go on to publish books, publish more books, win awards, are thus recognized for their talents by others. When we hear of such, we want to celebrate.

Congratulations to

Jeffrey Tigchelaar and his poem, “Blurbs,” which appeared in issue no. 23. It has been selected for the Best New Poets Anthology.

Andao Tian and her story, “The Death of my Mad Uncle,” which appeared in issue no. 16. It has been selected as one of seven “Recommended Stories” for the O. Henry Prize 2008.

Congratulations to the following authors whose recent books and collections have been published:

Robert Krut (issue 27), This is the Ocean (forthcoming) (Bona Fide Books, 2013).

Edward Belfar (issue 13), Wanderers (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2012).

Mary Makofske (issues 6, 8, and 23), Traction, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize (Ashland Poetry Press, 2011).

Carol V. Davis (issue 25), Between Storms (Truman State University Press, 2012).

Kat Meads (issue 20), When the Dust Finally Settles (Ravenna Press, 2011).

Barbara Crooker(issue 23), More (C&R Press, 2010).

Debra Brenegan (issue 26), Shame the Devil (State University of New York Press, 2011).

Tara Masih (issue 11), Where The Dog Star Never Glows (Press 53, 2010).

Judy Kronenfeld (issue 18), Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Book Prize in Poetry.

Murzban F. Shroff (issue 14), Breathless in Bombay: Stories (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2007).

Liz Robbins (issue 16), Hope, As the World Is a Scorpion Fish (The Backwaters Press, 2008).

Erin Elizabeth Smith (issue 16), The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles Press, 2008).