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 are unable to or prefer not to pay a fee, we hold free open submissions during the months of May and November. 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 do not currently accept submissions of visual art, video art, video poetry, or animation.
  • We do not accept or respond to emailed submissions.
  • 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.

For $4, we’ll place your submission at the top of our reading queue and you’ll receive a response within six weeks. This contribution goes entirely toward operation costs for the magazine and its projects.

If you are unable to or prefer not to pay a fee, we hold free open submissions during the months of May and November.

Nat. Brut publishes memoirs, personal essays, and literary journalism surrounding issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and identity as they relate to creative output and representation in art, publishing, and academia. We seek to publish work that is incisive and moving while remaining accessible to a broad, non-specialist audience. We consider pieces up to 5,000 words in length, and we also consider pitches, both for single and serial pieces. Please limit one essay per submission.

Please note that we currently an online-only publication and are no longer releasing biannual print issues. Work accepted for publication online will, however, be considered for publication in any future Nat. Brut print anthology.

$ 4.00
For $4, we’ll place your story at the top of our reading queue and you’ll receive a response within six weeks. This contribution goes entirely toward operation costs for the magazine and its projects.

If you are unable to or prefer not to pay a fee, we hold free open submissions during the months of May and November.

We consider stories up to 5,000 words in length, but we tend to publish shorter work. Please limit one story per submission.

Please note that we currently an online-only publication and are no longer releasing biannual print issues. Work accepted for publication online will, however, be considered for publication in any future Nat. Brut print anthology.


$ 4.00
For $4, we’ll place your poems at the top of our reading queue and you’ll receive a response within six weeks. This contribution goes entirely toward operation costs for the magazine and its projects.

If you are unable to or prefer not to pay a fee, we hold free open submissions during the months of May and November.

Please limit five poems per submission.

Please note that we currently an online-only publication and are no longer releasing biannual print issues. Work accepted for publication online will, however, be considered for publication in any future Nat. Brut print anthology.

$ 4.00
For $4, we’ll place your submission at the top of our reading queue and you’ll receive a response within six weeks. This contribution goes entirely toward operation costs for the magazine and its projects.

If you are unable to or prefer not to pay a fee, we hold free open submissions during the months of May and November.

In the past, we published single-panel comics and short comic strips together in our comics section, Early Edition. Moving forward, we will publish longer strips and stories periodically online. Please familiarize yourself with previous volumes of Early Edition to get a feel for what we publish before submitting.

We accept submissions of comics up to seven pages in length. Multiple-page comics may be serialized. Pitches for recurring strips or stories are also accepted. Comics may be color or black and white. If you're submitting older work, please be sure that it is vertically oriented. If you plan to make new work to submit and have questions about dimensions, please contact us at support@natbrut.com.

Once again, please note that we currently an online-only publication and are no longer releasing biannual print issues. Work accepted for publication online will, however, be considered for publication in any future Nat. Brut print anthology.