Hot Metal Bridge is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from September 1st—December 1st and from January 1st—March 15th. Guidelines for individual genres are on Submittable, our only process for receiving submissions; anything received by email or snail mail will not be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please contact us through Submittable to withdraw your work if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. We usually respond within three to four months.
We do not accept previously published work. Because we are run by the graduate students of the MFA program at the University at Pittsburgh, our masthead—and thus our aesthetic judgment—changes frequently! Regardless of the staff, it is our mission to seek the most accomplished, surprising work in contemporary literature. We are committed to publishing writers and artists from diverse perspectives and experience, and encourage writers from marginalized communities to submit.
Though we love University of Pittsburgh writers, we ask that former Hot Metal Bridge staff (readers, editors, etc.) refrain from submitting.
We publish book reviews idiosyncratically, and at the whims of our staff—if you’ve recently published something you’d like our staff to consider, please send us an email.