Hot Metal Bridge 143

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About

Hot Metal Bridge is the literary magazine created by M.F.A. students at the University of Pittsburgh. We have published work by Sherman Alexie, Sherrie Flick, Dan Chaon, Ewa Chrusciel, and Rodrigo Toscano, but we also maintain an emphasis on finding new material from emerging and previously unpublished writers. Every issue we interview some of our favorite writers: Maxine Hong Kingston, Eula Biss, Russell Banks, Anne Fadiman, Charles Baxter, and Don Lee, to name a few. Hot Metal Bridge privileges no particular aesthetic or school of thought; we simply seek the most accomplished, surprising work in contemporary literature.

Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience, including: People in a specific region.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Open

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.

Dates:
Open to fiction submissions through 15 March 2020 (57.6 days from now). 3
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Minimalist, Realist, Surrealist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Place/Regions (Specific region).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

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 someone. Challenge conventions. Introduce us to something new.

Dates:
Open to nonfiction submissions through 15 March 2020 (57.6 days from now). 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Minimalist, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir, Place/Regions (Specific region).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 5,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

We’re eager to read your bravest and strangest poems. We like all kinds.

Dates:
Open to poetry submissions through 15 March 2020 (57.6 days from now). 0
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Minimalist, Realist, Surrealist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Place/Regions (Specific region).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open

We’re looking for aesthetically beautiful and emotionally challenging art that search for deeper truth in the human experience. We’re looking for art that will haunt us, keep us up at night, and make us laugh--in short, something real and vital. Take risks. Surprise us.

Dates:
Open to visual art submissions through 15 March 2020 (57.6 days from now). 0
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUp to 8 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 01 Jan 2020
Last Checked: 09 Jan 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 06 Aug 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 13 Feb 2007

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