Hot Metal Bridge is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry twice a year, between September 12th and December 3rd in the fall and between January 15th and April 1st 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 December 3, 2017
Send us something real. We're looking for nonfiction pieces of the literary sort—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 something. Challenge conventions. Introduce us to something new.

We accept submissions that are 5,000 words and under.
Ends on December 3, 2017
We're eager to read your bravest and strangest poems. We like all kinds.


Please submit up to 3 poems for consideration.
Ends on December 3, 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.

Please send us pieces up to 6000 words.
Ends on December 3, 2017