Nat 1 Publishing

We like the strange, quirky, and unique. We aim to find entertaining stories in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre by both new and established writers worldwide. Working with the authors, we dedicate our services to honing their craft and getting their work out to an audience that will enjoy and appreciate it.

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We aim to respond to short story/poetry submissions within two months and novella/novelette submissions within six months.

The first ten days of the month is a free submission period, the rest of the month submissions cost $2 each to help pay for operating costs. Occasionally these fees are waived if we need to fill in the last several slots of a publication---so be sure to check in often! Novella/novelette submissions are always free. 

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Our genre

We primarily deal in science fiction and fantasy with a significant amount of humor (comedy, satire, or parody). Most of our work falls under LitRPG/game lit, but we accept any subgenre of SF/F. 

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Audience Askew Literary Journal & Chapbooks

An imprint of Nat 1 Publishing, we also like the strange, quirky, and unique. But while the Nat 1 anthologies are geared towards science-fiction and fantasy, Audience Askew stays firm in literary fiction, poetry, and artwork. We are a quarterly magazine that features a dozen or so stories that could be best described as the black sheep of the literary world. So send us the stories, stanzas, and visual arts that don't quite fit in anywhere else. 

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We make our decisions on which works are accepted the week after a submission period ends unless an author selects to expedite their entry. 

The first ten days of the month is a free submission period, the rest of the month submissions cost $2 each to help pay for operating costs. Occasionally these fees are waived if we need to fill in the last several slots of a publication---so be sure to check in often!

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Each volume consists of four issues.

Issue I (summer) released July 15th – Random theme (Submission window: January 1 - March 31.)
2022 theme: "Beginnings"

Issue II (autumn) released October 15th – Horror/spooky (Submission window: April 1 - June 30.)

Issue III (winter) released January 15th – Random theme (Submission window: July 1 - September 30.)
2023 theme: "Snow"

Issue IV (spring) released April 15th – Unthemed issue (Submission window: October 1 - December 31.)  

[Submission fees help us pay for our Submittable account, but we understand not everybody has the means to pay; as such, we provide a free-submissions opportunity during the first 10 days of the month.]


THEME: Humorous cyber-fantasy, sci-fi, Dungeon Core, LitRPG, gaming stories, and related poetry.
DEADLINE: 1/31/22 or until all slots are filled
DEETS:
Submit 1-3 short stories (50-3k words), or 1-5 poems (2-80 lines, including line breaks)

  • No sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, or any other isms; they can be touched on but not glorified;
  • It must be your own original work;
  • It must be previously unpublished (personal blogs, websites, Reddit, etc. are okay);
  • It does not infringe on existing copyright material (this includes fan fiction);
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, if accepted elsewhere let us know ASAP;
  • Please don’t resubmit a rejected piece. If you’ve made significant revisions, contact us first.
  • We read submissions blind. Do not put any identifying information on your submission, including the file name.

Contributors will receive a free digital copy of the anthology.

[Submission fees help us pay for our Submittable account, but we understand not everybody has the means to pay; as such, we provide a free-submissions opportunity during the first 10 days of the month.]

Our spring issue is unthemed - send us anything strange, quirky, and unique!

Accepting short stories (fiction and creative non-fiction), poetry, and images (Note, we print in a square format, so square visual images are ideal, but we'll take any shape.)

Decisions will be made in the first week of January as to which non-expedited works were accepted.

This issue of Audience Askew is being released on 15 April 2022.

[Submission fees help us pay for our Submittable account, but we understand not everybody has the means to pay; as such, we provide a free-submissions opportunity during the first 10 days of the month.]

THEME: Humorous steampunk stories and related poetry. 

DEADLINE: 4/30/23 or until all slots are filled 

DEETS: Submit 1-3 short stories (50-3k words), or 1-5 poems (2-80 lines, including line breaks)

  • No sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, or any other isms; they can be touched on but not glorified;
  • It must be your own original work;
  • It must be previously unpublished (personal blogs, websites, Reddit, etc. are okay);
  • It does not infringe on existing copyright material (this includes fan fiction);
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, if accepted elsewhere let us know ASAP;
  • Please don’t resubmit a rejected piece. If you’ve made significant revisions, contact us first.
  • Feel free to submit again with new pieces if your work was declined. 
  • We read submissions blind. Do not put any identifying information on your submission, including the file name.

Contributors will receive a free digital copy of the anthology.

[Submission fees help us pay for our Submittable account, but we understand not everybody has the means to pay; as such, we provide a free-submissions opportunity during the first 10 days of the month.]


THEME: Monster and/or Villain POV (does not need to be first person).
DEADLINE: 1/31/2022 or until all slots have been filled.
DEETS: Submit 1-3 short stories (50-3k words), or 1-5 poems (2-80 lines, including line breaks)

  • No sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, or any other isms; they can be touched on but not glorified;
  • It must be your own original work;
  • It must be previously unpublished (personal blogs, websites, Reddit, etc. are okay);
  • It does not infringe on existing copyright material (this includes fan fiction);
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, if accepted elsewhere let us know ASAP;
  • Please don’t resubmit a rejected piece. If you’ve made significant revisions, contact us first.
  • We read submissions blind. Do not put any identifying information on your submission, including the file name.

Contributors will receive a free digital copy of the anthology.
This anthology will be released in 2023. 

We are looking for novellas in the fantasy and science fiction genres that have a good dose of humor (any form from macabre to slapstick, parody, or satire). Any subgenre. 

8,000 - 30,000 words.

Submit one manuscript at a time; feel free to submit again after you receive a decision.

Be sure to check out our website to get an idea of our style and previously published works before submitting!

  • No sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, or any other isms;
  • It must be your own original work;
  • It must be previously unpublished (personal blogs, websites, Reddit, etc. are okay);
  • It does not infringe on existing copyright material (this includes fan fiction);
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, if accepted elsewhere let us know ASAP;
  • Please don’t resubmit a rejected piece. If you’ve made significant revisions, contact us first.
  • We read submissions blind. Do not put any identifying information on your submission, including the file name.
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