Hot Metal Bridge, the University of Pittsburgh’s literary magazine, is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry until April 1st, to be featured on our newly redesigned website. We accept submissions through Submittable; 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.

Poetry: 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.

Fiction: 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)

Nonfiction: 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.

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; our EIC was a Lambda Literary Fellow this year, so they’re excited to read what you’ve got!

Click here to submit.


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