May 5, 2016

IHLR: First, thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your new novel, The Duration, which was recently reviewed at Publisher's Weekly, and writing in general. How are you and what are you up to these days since finishing this book?

DF: I’m good, Mark! Thanks for asking, and for doing this! I don’t know if you want to disclose to your readership that we are cousins (I wouldn’t if I were y...

February 26, 2016

The beginning of Idra Novey's debut novel Ways to Disappear is reminscient of Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees. That is, much like Cosimo seeking shelter up in the trees after refusing to eat snails prepared by his sister, Battista, Novey's Beatriz Yagoda is also looking to disappear. And she does. But she does not run away from snails. Once she vanishes up into an almond tree, Novey begins...

February 12, 2016

"How to Kill a Hog" by Rebecca Gayle Howell


Our gates are currenty open for Video Literature submissions until March 15. Perhaps reminiscient of the music videos on MTV during the ninties, video litertature is a versatile form for writers of all genres and is featured prominently in established journals such as TriQuarterly, Blackbird, and Rattapallax. Blackbird, too, has a brief but informat...

February 10, 2016

Writers need time to not only write but also think and edit. How does spending two weeks or a month in beautiful Austerlitz, New York (upstate), and focusing on your writing sound? The Millay Colony for the Arts now accepts applications twice annually: October. 1 and March 1. The Millay Colony offers two-week (in June and Septemeber) and month long residencies between April and November. Whil...

December 18, 2015

IHLR: First, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed with Iron Horse. We’re big fans of your novel. How are you doing and what have you been doing recently?


Gray: Thanks. I’m well. I’ve acquired a wife, a ten-year-old stepson, and a baby boy in the last year and a half. So I’m learning how to write and live a life that is not completely self-obsessed. How are you? Is that weird to ask? I’m from...

December 15, 2015

A big thanks to all of you for submitting to our Trifecta Issue! Also, remember you can read the previous winners on our website. If you have something shorter, then check out the following writing contests below. While there are many wonderful competitions out there, we've elected to stay small. All of the contests are $12.00 or less. Some are even free! So, keep writing, editing,...

November 13, 2015

While it's NaNoWriMo now, take a look at some of the following contests for shorter work below. Though some of the contests have entry fees (no more than $10.00) many are free and come with a cash prize: River Styx even offers a case of beer! So, keep on writing your novels this month, get your shorter works ready to submit to these contests, and if you have anything somewhere in the middle, take...

November 3, 2015

Though only 30 days long, November can be a productive month for writers. First there are the NaNoWriMo enthusiasts, fingers flying to meet the lofty goal of 50,000 words toward a new novel by the month’s end. Then there are those inspired by fall’s firm grip on the weather to hunker over the gentle glow of a laptop, spinning verse and prose while the wind whistles in the eaves. It’s the mont...

October 9, 2015

Khristian Mecom's short story “We Once Lived in Caves” (IHLR Volume 13.6) positions Amelia as a modern day Goldilocks as she enters her neighbors' homes, though with a specific set of rules to follow. Mecom's story transforms the familiarity of one's home into 

something unique through Amelia’s interaction with those spaces and objects. In...

September 18, 2015

All of the following writing contests are $10 or less, or free! The deadline for the first two contests is September 30, so get your submissions out now! 


Poetry: The Morton Marr Poetry Prize


Contest is open to writers who have not yet published a first book of poetry. Contestants may submit no more than six, previously unpublished poems in a "traditional" form (e.g. sonnet, sestina...

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