Hot Metal Bridge is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art twice a year, from September 15th—December 1st and February 1st—March 15th. Guidelines for individual genres are listed below. 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 three to four 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!


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.

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.

We accept submissions that are 5,000 words and under. 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.

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.

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