The Bridge publishes the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art by current undergraduate and graduate students at Bridgewater State University, as well as work by alumni.

The staff of Volume 19 will review submissions from September 29th through December 8th. We will try to respond within three months. We accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere: thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu.

For fiction and creative nonfiction submissions, upload one to three stories or essays (double-spaced, up to 30 pages total). For poetry submissions, upload one to five single-spaced poems or a maximum of 8 pages, one poem per page. For artwork, submit up to five digital art files, including high resolution photos of painted canvas, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or any other physical items. Please submit each piece individually.

You may submit in more than one genre.

Each submission is read anonymously by our editorial staff and thoroughly reviewed before finalists are chosen for publication in the journal. Please do not include your name on the document or in the file name. We aim to publish a variety of high quality, thoughtful works of art while representing BSU’s diverse community.

If your work is selected for publication, we ask for your permission to feature your work in print, as well as on our website. We claim first publication rights only, after which all rights revert to the writer.

All work published in The Bridge is eligible for our annual Bridge Awards, which honors exceptional work with a monetary prize of $200.

For poetry submissions, upload one to five single-spaced poems or a maximum of 8 pages. 

Please submit poems individually. 

We accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us at thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Please do not include your name on the document or in the file name. You may submit in other genres, through the appropriate link.

For creative nonfiction submissions, upload one to two essays (double-spaced, up to 25 pages total). We are open to all creative nonfiction. 

Please submit each piece individually. 

We accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us at thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

Please do not include your name on the document or in the file name. You may submit in other genres, through the appropriate link.

For fiction submissions, upload one to three stories (double-spaced, up to 30 pages total). 

Please submit each piece individually. 

We accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us at thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

Please do not include your name on the document or in the file name. You may submit in other genres, through the appropriate link.

For visual art, submit up to five digital files including high resolution photos of your work. Artworks include but are not limited to paintings, graphic design, photography, book arts, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and any other 2D or 3D projects.

The Bridge accepts images in these electronic file formats — pdf, jpg, tif, png, and eps — and at a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) or ppi (pixels per inch) in their final printed form. If in doubt, aim for 300 resolution for an 8x10 inch image.

Visit these links to watch video tutorials on the basics of photographing artwork: youtube.com/watch?v=Vpj28da03JQ for shooting 2D work and youtube.com/watch?v=Eb3sSJTF5Og for a nice DIY setup for shooting 3D work. If you need extra help, we will schedule two photo sessions (one in Fall and one in Spring). Specific dates and times are forthcoming.

Please submit each piece separately. We accept simultaneous submissions but notify us at thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Please do not include your name anywhere in the file name as these are judged anonymously.

The Bridge Journal