This fall, Hot Metal Bridge is coming home. For our next issue, we’re looking for the best writing by a diverse range of authors and artists with ties to Pittsburgh and Western PA. Whether you were born and raised on the Allegheny, or spent a fleeting four college years here, or got trapped at a gas station in Canonsburg for one unforgettable night, we want your art – visual, literary, or otherwise.

Your piece does not have to be set in the region, although that’s cool, too. We are most interested in showcasing the enormous literary and artistic talent that, however briefly, has called this area home. We’re looking for aesthetically beautiful and emotionally challenging works that search for deeper truth in the human experience. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us hungry for a Primanti’s sandwich.

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. In your cover letter, please tell us about your connection to the area.

Please submit only one story or essay (6,000-word limit), up to five poems compiled in one document, or eight images at a time.

Work will be accepted from September 15, 2015 through December 1, 2015 via our online submissions manager, or click the button below. 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.