September 25, 2016

When I was in my MFA program, my adviser Lee Martin kept (and still keeps) a blog devoted to craft.  His posts always surprise me, because he thinks about creative writing in a way that feels completely different than much of the other craft advice I seem to see.  For instance, instead of saying something like “Write specific, sensory detail,” Martin gives a detailed exercise that asks you to try...

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...

September 23, 2014

Many thanks to everyone who answered our submissions call for the Bedroom Issue. You’ve given our staff words to make them swoon, blush, and gasp into the small hours of the night. Since it will be tough to whittle final selections out of the excellent work we’ve seen so far, we’ve built in ten days of rest before gates open on our next submission call. While we’d like you to keep the upcoming the...

September 9, 2014


Last year, The Atlantic Monthly ran Emily Temple’s excellent compilation of quotes by famous writers on the art of revision. There are many gems in her list, among them this famous quip from a 1985 issue of Newsweek by none other than Elmore Leonard: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”


At Iron Horse, we hope you’re deep into revisions for our current submissions call (The Bedroom Issue: Ga...

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