December 10, 2018

Last week, Mystery Writers of America announced their grand marshal choices for the prestigious Edgar Awards, awarded annually for the best mystery books published in that year. The grand master award is given to a person to honor their contributions to the genre over the length of their career. The 2018 choice of recipients kicked off a heated debate between the old and new guardians of the genre...

November 12, 2018

There’s nothing like publishing a novel to knock your ego around. This year I lived the dream of publishing a novel. It was released to solid reviews and quickly picked up by the Book of the Month Club. I’ve been invited to read at some amazing places. I’ve confronted and mostly overcome my fear of public speaking. My friends all believe that since I achieved the dream, I am happy.

Truthfully, it’s...

October 10, 2018

In the summer of 2017, I met Gale Massey at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  We were in the same workshop – Randall Kenan’s and Margot Livesey’s – and we quickly bonded over our love of tightly-plotted novels. 

       One afternoon after lunch, we walked out to the overlook behind the inn, and Gale told me her novel had received an offer.  Now that novel, THE GIRL FROM BLIND RIVER, is in stor...

This year, we received twice as many Trifecta submissions as we've ever received before! It's exciting to know that word is spreading about IHLR's summer e-edition of marathon-long manuscripts: we know writers are looking for a good home for their lengthier works, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to publish them for our readers, who travel during the summer months and enjoy having readin...

February 13, 2018

We’re happy to announce that our latest chapbook winner, A Guest of the Program: Stories by Christopher Lowe, is out now! This collection of stories, chosen by judge Dennis Covington, examines the collegiate football recruitment system and the personal and political implications that can surface through close examination of that system.

In “Why I Write: Christopher Lowe” from Fiction Southeast, Low...

February 12, 2018

In celebration of love this Valentine’s Day, our issues that meditate on connection will be on sale from Tuesday, February 13th until Thursday, February 15th for $3 each! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s a list of the issues to choose from for this sale (or get all 5 for $15):

10.1 Valentine’s Day

Including prose by Mark Pearson and Amy Lee Scott; poetry by Rumit Pancholi, Eryn Green, Dan...

September 28, 2017

Every October, Iron Horse accepts submissions for its annual Trifecta, which is your chance to publish those marathon manuscripts most journals won't consider. Poets should submit a single poem, 10-20 pages long. Prose writers should submit a story or essay that runs between 25 and 40 pages. The entry fee is $10, which includes a year's subscription. The winners--a poet, an essayist, and a fiction...

September 22, 2017

This week, several news outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, reported the shocking discovery that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd and sentenced to Life Without Parole, suffered from Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can only be detected during an autopsy. He killed himself in his jail cell earlie...

August 26, 2017

Iron Horse is proud to announce the semi-finalists and finalists for our 2017 chapbook competition. We received a bountiful number of submissions, and the decision was so very difficult, especially moving from the semi-finalists to the ten finalists. Over the next week, we will be responding to every chapbook we received.


Nancy Devine, I Am Here (nonfiction)

Joseph Johnston, Winterlon...

June 10, 2017

For the IHLR annual PhotoFinish, we seek well-crafted and very brief ekphrastic work that pushes beyond the absolute literal details of a photo prompt; we're looking for work that recognizes what's hidden in the world we see.

We've mounted this year's photo prompt, right here on our website and below. Submissions accepted now through July 15. Prose no longer than 500 words; poetry no longer than 15...

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