Hot Metal Bridge is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry twice a year, between September 1st and December 1st in the fall and between January 1st 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.


Hot Metal Bridge is committed to publishing writers and artists from diverse perspectives and experiences, and we especially encourage 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 look forward to reading your writing!


Ends on December 1, 2018

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.


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

Ends on December 1, 2018

We're eager to read your bravest and strangest poems. We like all kinds.

Please submit up to 3 poems for consideration.


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

Ends on December 1, 2018

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. Flash fiction welcome. 


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

Ends on December 1, 2018

 We’re looking for aesthetically beautiful and emotionally challenging art that search for deeper truth in the human experience. We’re looking for art that will haunt us, keep us up at night, and make us laugh--in short, something real and vital. Take risks. Surprise us.

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. 

You may submit up to eight images at a time. We accept all mediums of art: photography, painting, digital work, photos of sculptures or 3D designs. Please send the highest resolution possible. 

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

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