We are now accepting submissions for our fifth issue, to debut in
Spring 2009. See below for your genre’s guidelines. We look forward to
reading your work!
Hot Metal Bridge is interested in your well-crafted literary fiction,
whether short story, flash fiction, or novel excerpt. What counts as
literary? Just don’t send us a story about spaceship-flying dinosaurs.
That said, we like aesthetic diversity, from realism to surrealism,
maximalism to minimalism. And if you simply write stories and don’t
care about literary classifications, send us your work too. We accept
submissions as Word attachments sent to email@example.com.
Please keep submissions under 7,000 words and make sure to include
your name and contact information.
We are many, and our tastes differ, but as this is an entirely online
journal, there’s no reason not to read the past issue before
submitting (it’s good, we promise). If you can smell what we’re
stepping in, then send something our way. Down to business. We welcome
poetry submissions of five (5) pages or five (5) poems, whichever
comes first. Please attach your submission as one document (we prefer
.doc, but .docx .rtf or .pdf will all work) with your name appearing
at the top of the first page. E-mail subject heading should read
“Spring Poetry Submission” and in the body, you may include a short
bio or cover letter, if that strikes your fancy. Send your work our
We’re looking for nonfiction writing in all its disguises: memoir,
travel writing, literary journalism, satire, etc. We want to hear
about dirty kitchens, ill-mannered exchange students, and hydrogen
bonding. We will read about decaying vineyards, heroic mall guards,
disenchanted cartographers, and sweet potatoes. Look, just don’t James
Frey us and everything will be fine. If it’s new and it’s true, send
500 to 5,000 words as a Word or RTF attachment to
Hot Metal Bridge criticism is looking for innovative academic or
non-academic work from professional, student, and other sources. As a
forum for a variety of approaches to cultural criticism, we want your
seminar and conference papers, your unpublished chapters, your
articles and miscellany. Our aim is to create a space for previously
unpublished pieces which may not find an easy home elsewhere. Because
critical work is inherently creative, we encourage interdisciplinarity
and hybridity in both form and content. Send us your poor, your tired,
your huddled pages yearning to breathe free. We want to give voice to
ideas that might otherwise be confined to obscurity. Submissions
should be about 1 to 30 pages in MLA style. Send Word documents as
attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rights: Hot Metal Bridge retains first-time, one-time rights to the
material it publishes.
Simultaneous submissions: We don’t care if you send us work that
you’re submitting elsewhere. And if someone else decides to publish
your piece, that’s great! We’re psyched for you. But please let us
know promptly, since we’re looking for previously unpublished work.
Just e-mail your genre editor the news.
Questions? If you have a question not answered here, please e-mail Sal
and Geoff at email@example.com.Check us out at