Submissions

Have a story that you think will be perfect for Nat 1?
Send it to us at any time—we accept submissions all year!

First and foremost, Nat 1 Publishing is an anthology publishing house dealing in science-fiction and fantasy infused with a good dash of comedy, parody, and satire—your story or poem should fall into at least one of these fields. The non-exclusive list of genres we accept are:

  • Biopunk
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Dungeon Core
  • Game-related Fantasy
  • Harem / Reverse Harem
  • Heroic Fantasy
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Horror
  • LitRPG
  • LGBTQA
  • Magical Realism
  • Parody
  • Poetry
  • Portal Fantasy / Isekai
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Romance
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Science Fantasy
  • Space Opera
  • Steampunk
  • Superheroes
  • Sword and Sorcery
  • Thriller
  • Urban Fantasy

For romance submissions, we’ll consider any level of heat, from sweet to erotic.

Short Stories and Poetry

Right now, we primarily take short stories, 50 to 3,000 words (this is a very flexible guideline) and poetry (4 to 40 lines, including stanza breaks, also flexible) to be included in our anthologies. These anthologies are typically themed so be sure to check out which collection you’re submitting to. Every accepted work is given an original illustration based on their story, and authors will receive a digital copy of the anthology. Occasionally, we also have small monetary payments for inclusion.

Novellas

Despite being primarily anthology oriented, we do our fair share of novelettes and novellas that range from 8,000 to 40,000 words. These works can be standalone or series. For these longer works, authors will receive 50% of the royalties made as determined by the distributor (until we gain more momentum, we offer exclusively through Amazon) to be paid out quarterly via PayPal.

Submission Guidelines

  • No sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, or any other isms; works can have these themes, but not to glorify them; We are an avid supporter of the LGBTQ and POC communities; submissions attacking any community will be automatically rejected;
  • It must be your own original work and does not infringe on existing copyrighted material (includes fan fiction);
  • No AI-generated/assisted text or illustrations;
  • It must be previously unpublished (personal blogs, websites, Patreon, Reddit, etc. are okay);
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, if accepted elsewhere let us know ASAP;
  • We read submissions blind. Do not put any identifying information on your submission, including the file name.

Response time

We respond to anthology entries the month after a submission window closes and novella submissions within six months unless the “expedite” option is chosen. Publishing agreements are also sent out during this time, even for expedited acceptances.

Submission Fees

We’ve figured out that while submission fees do deter the submission of AI-generated stories and poetry, it prevents some amazing works from getting to us from people with limited computer access. We would rather deal with sorting through bots and AI than keep a writer from getting their work to us so we no longer have any form of mandatory submission fees!

For queries or questions regarding submissions, payments, or royalties, feel free to contact us!


Nat 1 Publishing currently only accepts submissions sent via Submittable.

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