Nat. Brut (pr. nat broot) is an online journal of art and literature dedicated to advancing inclusivity in all creative fields. Since we’re committed to creating a platform for voices that are typically marginalized from mainstream literary/arts consumption, we favor submissions from women, people with disabilities, people of color, and/or LGBTQ-identifying folks, although we do accept submissions from every demographic. 


  • WHAT IS NAT. BRUT
Nat. Brut is a future defined by responsible art-making. We like work that takes risks, responds to mainstream consumption and tradition, is quirky, is subversive, is sublime, is human. We are a home for the playful and for the unruly. We are against propriety, its echo of property, of ownership, of control over who does what, when, and where. Nat. Brut wants to make you uncomfortable. We want to make you uncomfortable with the uniformity of perspectives you encounter in mainstream magazines. We want to make you uncomfortable with the uniformity of perspectives you encounter in the world. As we make you uncomfortable, we also want to make you feel safe. Nat Brut is play, a mode of generosity, a type of love. At the center of our efforts is an acute awareness of the consequences of our physical and cultural output. We know that all creative mediums inform one another, and we do not value one creative medium over any other. Nat Brut is outside of what's in.

  • HOW WE NAT. BRUT
Nat. Brut is broadly interdisciplinary, with a heavy focus on accessibility. We also have a deep fascination with found photos and the public domain. Visibility matters, and we value creative work that has been buried, ignored, or has disappeared from public consciousness. We bring together work that is both serious and humorous, formal and experimental, by artists and writers who are trained and untrained, emerging and established. We aim to make this work accessible to people of all social, economic, and academic backgrounds. And we aim to do all this without committing the pervasive injustice of prioritizing, consciously or otherwise, cis-het-white-able-male voices and narratives. There's really no other option for us; it's just the way we operate. We work hard to print sustainably by using recycled paper and materials, soy inks, and responsible production practices.


Please be familiar with the magazine and read the information below before you submit.


Please Note: Beginning in 2016, Nat. Brut will no longer release biannual print issues. We will, however, publish content regularly online. Work accepted for publication online will be considered for publication in any future Nat. Brut print anthology.


We hold rolling expedited submissions year-round for a $4 fee, which guarantees a response within six weeks. This contribution goes entirely toward operation costs for the magazine and its projects.

If you cannot afford or are otherwise unable to pay the expedited fee, we understand! Please feel free to contact us directly at support@natbrut.com! If you would simply prefer not to pay a fee, we hold free open submissions during the months of March and September. We aim to have a turn-around time of 3 months for all open submissions.

Please know that while Fractured Atlas is our fiscal sponsor — meaning that they lend us 501(c)3 tax-exempt status — we are financially and editorially independent. The only funds we have are those we raise ourselves, and we truly appreciate your support.


General submission guidelines:

  • We accept submissions of fiction, poetry, comics, and creative nonfiction. Please be familiar with the guidelines for each category before submitting. 
  • We also commission one guest editor per issue to curate a folio, which is a themed collection of between 12-15 pieces around a given editor's topic of choice. Folios are designed to be narrow to highlight intersections of experiences that may not be as apparent in general submissions. Folios are solicited and open to general submissions, to the discretion of the folio editor.
  • We do not currently accept submissions of visual art, video art, video poetry, or animation.
  • We do not accept or respond to emailed submissions, except under the circumstance that the submitter is unable to pay the expedited submission fee.
  • Please send only work that is previously unpublished. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know in your cover letter and be sure to withdraw your piece promptly if it’s accepted elsewhere.
  • We acquire first serial rights worldwide in English and non-exclusive anthology rights. 
  • Along with your brief cover letter and bio, we'd love to know how you came across Nat. Brut!

Please note that, unfortunately, Nat. Brut does not have the resources to pay writers and artists at this time.

If you submit to Nat. Brut, we assume that you're interested in what we're doing, so we hope you don't mind if we add you to our email newsletter list!

Please direct all inquiries and comments to support@natbrut.com.

Ends on December 31, 2016
A Queer/Trans/Asian Folio
edited by Yanyi Luo, Senior Editor at Nat. Brut

The purpose of this folio is to collect and highlight experiences, thoughts, and viewpoints from all types of queer/non-binary/trans Asians. Not all of us are immigrants. Not all of us speak English, first. Not all of us are out. Not all of us are speaking, or have been heard. Not all of us are documented. Not all of us are able. Not all of us are safe. We are queer and/or trans and Asian. We are not only queer and/or trans and Asian. We come from wide and varied diasporas. We may be closeted, we may be unsure, but we are here. Come with pen names; come with real names; come to name your life, any or all aspects of it.

Criteria: Poetry, short fiction, or essays by queer/trans Asians
Deadline: December 31, 2016, 11:59 EST

What is a Folio?

Nat. Brut folios are themed collections of between 12-15 pieces around a given editor's topic of choice. Folios are designed to be narrow to highlight intersections of experiences that may not be as apparent in general submissions. Folios are solicited and open to general submissions, to the discretion of the folio editor. Nat. Brut features one folio per issue.