September 4, 2018

This year, we're celebrating many anniversaries at Iron Horse! It's our 20th year in production and the 10th year we will celebrate National Poetry Month by devoting one issue of Iron Horse to all things poetic.

The annual IHLR NaPoMo issue is always one of our most popular! We solicit work from poets we greatly admire and mingle among them the best poems we find among the submissions! We love desi...

This year, we received twice as many Trifecta submissions as we've ever received before! It's exciting to know that word is spreading about IHLR's summer e-edition of marathon-long manuscripts: we know writers are looking for a good home for their lengthier works, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to publish them for our readers, who travel during the summer months and enjoy having readin...

September 22, 2017

This week, several news outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, reported the shocking discovery that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd and sentenced to Life Without Parole, suffered from Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can only be detected during an autopsy. He killed himself in his jail cell earlie...

August 26, 2017

Iron Horse is proud to announce the semi-finalists and finalists for our 2017 chapbook competition. We received a bountiful number of submissions, and the decision was so very difficult, especially moving from the semi-finalists to the ten finalists. Over the next week, we will be responding to every chapbook we received.


Nancy Devine, I Am Here (nonfiction)

Joseph Johnston, Winterlon...

June 22, 2017

Poetry is a beautiful, joyful art—no matter how dark its subject matter. It’s a celebration of our voices, our ability to raise them, the lives we’re inhabiting and sharing, and, yes, also, a celebration of those who are willing to read and listen. We answer our recent State of the Union issue with this, our 2017 National Poetry Month issue, and we’ve filled it with jubilation and triumph, a mix o...

June 10, 2017

For the IHLR annual PhotoFinish, we seek well-crafted and very brief ekphrastic work that pushes beyond the absolute literal details of a photo prompt; we're looking for work that recognizes what's hidden in the world we see.

We've mounted this year's photo prompt, right here on our website and below. Submissions accepted now through July 15. Prose no longer than 500 words; poetry no longer than 15...

June 10, 2017

Every November, Iron Horse Literary Review opens its submission gates for our annual Trifecta competition, which celebrates marathon-long stories, essays, and poems. The winners receive $250 each and are published in our summer series of e-singles, perfect for vacation reading on your handheld devices.

The winning manuscripts will be released later this month, right here, for free! Read them! Share...

Well, here we are.

I admit: when we first conceived of the IHLR State of the Union issue, I believed Hillary would win the 2016 presidential election, and so I envisioned this issue as a text of hope: Look how far America has come. Look where she will go now. Isn’t she beautiful? Instead, in the days after the election, I found myself struggling to grasp the magnitude of living under rabid conserva...

March 9, 2017

I like the idea of closing Volume 18 of Iron Horse by “opening” its last issue to every topic and theme, because this year, 2016, ended several major threads in my life while opening other doors. The conclusions have been hard, brutal: love lost to pancreatic cancer; a cousin jeopardized by the failure of our nation’s mental healthcare system; the end of a fellowship that shuttled me out of the cl...

October 20, 2016

The 2016 IHLR Trifecta are finally available!

As we announced earlier this semester, we had a long, hard summer, and we've been racing to catch up. We're very pleased to announce the release of our 2016 Trifecta winners: Kate Norris's "Collateral Damage" (fiction), Sarah Pape's "Grand Avenue" (nonfiction), and Tiffany HIggins's "The Apparition at Fort Bragg" (poetry).

Norris's short story, "Collater...

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