November 30, 2018

There was nothing special about the morning — in fact, thirty-two years later I remember only a little of it: how the sun was bright and hot and it was the last day of May and I had just graduated from the sixth grade the day before. I hadn’t slept well, the kind of deficit that would crush me today then was merely the blurred excitement at a life opening up. In my mind, in my imagination, the fut...

May 4, 2017

For our State of the Union issue, we received some fascinating submissions and heard some great and illuminating stories.  In this invited blog post, Israeli-based writer Jennifer Lang tells us of some tense moments in the summer of 2014, during the Israel-Gaza conflict that was called by many outlets The Fifty Day War:

In Between Dreams by Jennifer Lang

Day 13. I wake up, and the whole cycle starts...

May 4, 2017

For our State of the Union issue, we received some fascinating submissions and heard some illuminating stories.  In this invited blog post, practicing nephrologist Jean Robey tells of her father's road to America. She attributes her own happiness to her father's efforts as a refugee.

My father was an only child made fatherless early then motherless soon after. No image of his father exists and the...

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...

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 11, 2016

The new year (Gregorian as well as Lunar now) has brought some exciting changes to the Iron Horse office. In this post, I'm extending a big welcome to our new poetry editor, Camille T. Dungy, and our new nonfiction editor, Elena Passarello. We feel so lucky that these two stunningly talented writers have joined our editorial team. 


At this same moment, I want to give many,...

February 4, 2016

“The Small Things That Make Up a Life”

Sarah Einstein talks to us about her memoir Mot, a new book that’s in the works, and how literature can illuminate the future as much as the past

Jess: How are you today? Are you working on anything you’re excited about?

Sarah: I’m great, thank you for asking. And yes! I’m just getting started on my next book project, which I am really excited about. It’s going...

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 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,...

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