Submitting work

Bridge Eight Literary Magazine  is a biannual print publication publishing “literature that transforms, writing that connects.” We consider every submission we receive, but look for bold, fresh fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that serves the literary community and community-at-large by delivering a sense of lyrical urgency and authorial authenticity.

Issue 6 “Archetypes”

Guest Editors:

William Trowbridge (Poetry)
Poet Laureate of the State of Missouri

Rebecca Lee (Fiction)
Author of Bobcat and Other Stories


April 15, 2017

Our sixth issue (to be released August, 2017) seeks to publish work based on the concept, “Archetypes.” We all have our epic poems, legends, and tall tales—the stories that give us identity. They set our cultures apart and, ironically, bring us together through the power of universal experience. They are malleable and multipurpose. The Hero’s Journey, for example, can describe Odysseus traveling home to Penelope as easily as it can a Hobbit leaving his hole. (Or, for that matter, Harold and Kumar going to White Castle.)

As a whole, Issue 6 will explore how storytelling unifies and humanizes us, providing us with a sense of “us” and, on the flipside, how different interpretations of the same story can cause schisms (a division between peoples).

We’re no longer accepting submissions for this issue. Issue 7 submissions will open July 1.


Short Fiction

We tend to accept stories between 1,500 & 3,000 words in length. Beyond that, we’re seeking well-developed characters and fascinating content we can’t stop thinking about. We do not publish genre fiction, but we are open to experimental styles and allegorical approaches.


Bridge Eight publishes a vibrant spectrum of poetic forms, from ghazals to villanelles, from sonnets to prose poems. Please submit 1-5 pieces that can be published together or stand alone.

Creative Non-fiction

We look to publish everything from compelling personal essays to inspiring travel pieces, but more importantly, we want to read creative non-fiction that doesn’t hold back. Submit your pieces between 750 and 2,500 words in length. We look forward to reading them.

Response time

We respond to submissions for each issue within 30 days after of our submission deadline. We read all submissions carefully and use our time to make sure your work is fully considered for its merits.

Author Rights

By submitting to Bridge Eight literary magazine, you grant it the right to be the first to publish the piece in the US (also known as First North American Serial Rights). After publication, the right to publish elsewhere reverts back to you.