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...

October 7, 2016

So . . . it’s football season. We accept that millions of stout fans cheer for their favorite professional teams, real or fantasy, every Sunday. They love the fact that television can stretch a mere four quarters—each only 15 minutes in length—into a miraculous 3-hour and 12-minute broadcast. They don’t care that ball-in-play action only comprises 11 minutes of that 192-minute show. They're not di...

September 20, 2016

In the Spring 2014 issue of Iron Horse, we had the honor to feature a story by Anne Valente, and in the interview accompanying the story, she mentioned that a full-length novel was growing out of the story and was almost finished.  Fast forward two and a half years, and the full-length novel will be out in a month from William Morrow/Harper Collins.

In Valente’s story, a town reeling in the wake of...

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 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...

January 1, 2016

Sports and literature might seem odd bedfellows at first glance, but only at first glance. Sure, players, coaches, and referees make their living by doing—running, jumping, throwing, catching, blowing whistles, and keeping play fair—and even strategizing involves an active, diagram-drawing, game-film-watching, fingernail-drumming freneticism that literature, with its calm turning of pages, might n...

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...

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