October 27, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that final judge Rebecca Gayle Howell has selected In the Temple of Shining Mercy by Robin Carstensen as the winner of our 2016 chapbook competition. Congratulations, Robin Carstensen—we can't wait to share this wonderful collection of poems with all of our readers. 

Here is what our judge had to say about Robin Carstensen's winning manuscript: 

"Where do you find/yo...

February 29, 2016

The following interview with poet Monica Sok continues the series I began back in December when I interviewed fiction writer and visual artist Swati Khurana. The series explores the intersections between the literary, the ethical, and the activist in the contemporary landscape, in light of Best American Poetry 2015 and other moments of problematic representation, appropriation, or erasure. I hope...

February 8, 2016

I am so excited to announce that gates are open—through March 31st—for our chapbook competition! Send Iron Horse your best short (28-36 pp.) collection of poetry, with each poem starting on a new page. Submissions will be read blind, so please make sure your manuscripts are stripped of any identifying information (this includes bios and acknowledgment pages). $18 reading fee is required and gets y...

December 21, 2015

Introduction to the Series

This series of mini-interviews invites participants—all emerging writers of color—to reflect on the Best American Poetry 2015/Michael Derrick Hudson debacle (or other literary debacles) as a way into perhaps rethinking their own work and their visions for a different literary world. The interviews are quick in order to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules and to give mor...

August 27, 2015

How’s your Excel spreadsheet looking? Every year there are new journals, contests, residencies, grants, fellowships. Abundance of opportunity is one way to characterize this. Confusion and anxiety is another way. In this post, I will suggest setting aside the spreadsheet and picking up the bow and arrow. Two targets: the Button Poetry Chapbook Contest and the Two of Cups Poetry Chapbook Contest (p...

November 21, 2014

We admit to being excitable at IHLR, but it’s hard to blame us when there’s news of this caliber to announce. Prose writers, brace for impact: Roxane Gay has generously agreed to judge our 2015 Single-Author Competition! That’s right, the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, the novel An Untamed State, and Ayiti, a collection of stories about, as Ethel Rohan puts it, “Haiti, its people, an...

November 4, 2014

For many writers, November is a productive month. 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 month when we gear up for holiday...

October 20, 2014

Joe Wilkins's Leviathan, the winner of the 2014 IHLR Single-Author Competition, is due back from the printers in just two weeks!


About his chapbook, Carrie Jerrell writes: "Leviathan is a collection both celebratory and elegiac. Wilkins moves deftly from the natural landscapes of rivers and forests, to the domestic landscapes of garage sales and truck stops, to the emotional landscapes of terror a...

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