Hot Metal Bridge is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry twice a year, between September 15th and December 1st in the fall and between January 15th and April 30th in the spring. Guidelines for individual genres are on Submittable, our only process for receiving submissions; anything received by email or snail mail will not be considered. Please also contact us through Submittable to withdraw your work if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. We usually respond within two to three months and are, regretfully, not a paying market.

Please pardon our dust on our current website as we put the finishing touches on our shiny new one which, with our newest issue, should be up soon!

Hot Metal Bridge is committed to publishing writers and artists from diverse perspectives and experience, and encourages writers from marginalized communities to submit their work.

Though we love University of Pittsburgh writers, we ask that former Hot Metal Bridge staff (readers, editors, etc.) refrain from submitting.

We're looking forward to reading your writing!

Ends on April 1, 2017

We’re eager to read your bravest and strangest poems. We like all kinds. Send us up to five poems compiled into a single document and include a brief bio in your cover letter. Simultaneous submissions are just fine, but please notify us immediately through the “notes” feature on Submittable if any portion of your submission is accepted elsewhere.


Ends on April 1, 2017

We want to read fiction that turns out heads to show us a new perspective. Be it through formal invention, depth of insight, or strength of narrative, the fiction that grips us does so by revealing a little sliver of some idiosyncratic, particular human life. But we don’t want to get too specific here: we want your best story—your ire, your lore, your comic relief—whatever form it may take. (6,000 words or fewer, please)


Ends on April 1, 2017

Send us something real. We're looking for nonfiction pieces of the literary sort (5,000 words or fewer)—anything from lyric pieces to cultural criticism, memoir to journalism. We want work that makes us think and feel, work that perhaps gets a little weird. Teach us someone. Challenge conventions. Introduce us to something new.


Ends on April 1, 2017
We're looking for daring pieces that convey emotion and/or contain narrative elements. Send us up to five pieces in any medium that speak to the literary focus of the magazine. 
Ends on April 1, 2017$3.00
Tip Jar Submissions do not receive preferential treatment over general submissions, but they do help us keep HMB live online!

Please double check the guidelines for your genre above & note the genre of your submission in your cover letter—and thank you, thank you, thank you for your contribution to Hot Metal Bridge!

Seriously, thank you.