In addition to well-crafted poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Hot Metal Bridge is now open to art, photography, and video submissions. The current submission period will close on November 15th, and responses to work submitted now may be expected by mid-December.

Please submit work through our online submissions manager: And in your cover letter, please let us know how you heard about the magazine. We love to know how readers and submitters are finding us–or how we’re finding you.


We’re calling for your best, unpublished true stories in any form from traditional memoir and literary journalism to lyric essays and the unexpected.  Our favorite stories have a strong, compelling narrative that looks beyond a personal experience for some universal truth or meaning. Entries should be between 500 and 5,000 words and should be submitted via Submittable as a Word attachment.


We are interested in aesthetically and emotionally beautiful works, that search for a deeper truth in the human experience. We love seeing stories set in the Pittsburgh/Applachian region, but we are always open to any thoughtful, well-crafted work that comes our way.  The word limit is 8,000 words, and we only publish previously unpublished stories. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you withdraw your work as soon as you know it is accepted somewhere else.


Last year, we decided to forgo our tradition of having a theme and opened submissions up for all kinds of poetry, regardless of form and subject. We also asked for digital media submissions for the very first time.

We invite you to send us audio/video submissions–your slam poetry, your dance poetry, your performance poetry, your _________ poetry, you get the idea. Or, just send us poems on the good, old-fashioned page!

Please include a short bio with your submission of up to five poems. We look forward to reading your work.


Hot Metal Bridge welcomes compelling art (including video) and photography submissions in any standard format. Please limit your submissions to no more than eight images and/or two videos per submission cycle. Be sure to title your work and save your files in the following format: Lastname_Title_Fall2014.


Summer 2014

"She's Gotta Have It" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "She's Gotta Have It"

Letter from the Editors


Note from the Fiction Editors Jen Bannan and Frank Huerta
View from the Porch by Warren Read
Magdalene by Emily Koon
Without Wind Resistance by Sean Towey
The Delicious Hell of It: An Interview with Charles Bock by Sara Button

"Felinity" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Felinity"

Note from Poetry Editors Michelle Lin and Laura Brun
The Girl in the Bed by Erica Bodwell
How I Crossed by Colleen Coyne
Two Poems by Alejandro Escudé
Seven Rules to Ensure Victory by Chas Holden
Flora by Ginger Ko
Thru the Landscape by C.J. Opperthauser
Will-o’-the-wispering by Jake Syersak
Swarm by J.R. Toriseva
Hex by Amanda Tumminaro
Becoming my Mother by Jeanann Verlee
Cinepak by Patrick Williams
Some Other Kind of Way To Be Alive: An Interview with Dana Ward by Lauren Russell

"Wake Up and Smell the Heartache" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Wake Up and Smell the Heartache"


Note from the Nonfiction Editors Rachel Wilkinson and Sara Button
Attachment by Marin Sardy
Destruction Bay by Patrick Kelling
Prepping for Doomsday: An Interview with Jen Hirt by Rachel Wilkinson

"Dark Cities" by Kate LaDew "Dark Cities" by Kate LaDew

Artist Gallery

Contributor Bios

"Color Bars" by Sheri Wright "Color Bars" by Sheri Wright

"Master of the Unseen" by Amanda McGlynn "Master of the Unseen" by Amanda McGlynn

"Eyes Wide" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Eyes Wide"

("She's Gotta Have It," "Felinity," "Wake Up and Smell the Heartache," and "Eyes Wide Shut" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III)