Hot Metal Bridge

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Hot Metal Bridge wants your work. Send us your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art. We’re looking for aesthetically beautiful and emotionally challenging works that search for deeper truth in the human experience. We’re looking for strong and compelling narratives. We’re looking for works that will haunt us, keep us up at night, and make us laugh - in short, something real and vital. Take risks. Surprise us.

We are also running a contest this spring focused on issues of social justice. Please see those individual categories for guidelines, or check out

Hot Metal Bridge is committed to publishing writers and artists from diverse perspectives and experiences. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, or disability, and in fact encourage writers within marginalized communities to submit their work.

Note that we welcome simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as possible via Submittable if your work has been accepted elsewhere. HMB does not publish previously published material when it is unsolicited.

For general submissions: Please submit only one story or essay (4,000-word limit), up to five poems compiled in one document, or eight images at a time.

Work for general submissions will be accepted from January 15, 2016 through April 1, 2016. 

Work for the social justice writing contest will be accepted from January 16, 2016 through March 25, 2016. Anything received by email or snail mail will not be considered.

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