June 10, 2017

Every November, Iron Horse Literary Review opens its submission gates for our annual Trifecta competition, which celebrates marathon-long stories, essays, and poems. The winners receive $250 each and are published in our summer series of e-singles, perfect for vacation reading on your handheld devices.

The winning manuscripts will be released later this month, right here, for free! Read them! Share...

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...

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...

September 11, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Margie Kivel has won our inaugural PhotoFinish Contest, with her stunning prose poem "Jailhouse Rock." Kivel packs so much strange, grimy beauty into just three lyric sentences. Phrases like "that hungry wait of the imprisoned" and "the pipe of forgetfulness" burrow their way into the ear. Clearly inspired by the image from our contest (displayed here), but imagina...

March 25, 2015

First of all, many thanks to all of the talented writers who submitted prose manuscripts for consideration in the 2015 Single-Author Competition. We were overwhelmed with the care you took in writing and arranging these story and essay collections, and it wasn't easy to select just ten finalists to send on to our judge, Roxane Gay.


After nearly a month of deliberation, though, we are thrilled to p...

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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