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...

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...

February 6, 2018

All of us at Iron Horse are happy to welcome our new poetry editor, Geffrey Davis, to our team! We are thrilled and feel so lucky to have such a talented poet join our staff.

Davis is the author of Revising the Storm ​(BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist, and Begotten (URB Books 2016), coauthored with poet F. Douglas Brown. Da...

September 25, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Amanda Bermudez’s story, “Cain vs. Cain” has won our PhotoFinish contest for this year! In “Cain vs. Cain,” we are led inside the world of two brothers, Jay and Jasper, whose tense relationship between one another is suspended for a moment while camping. Here, as our narrator notices, is a place where “[t]he click of the toast becomes a kind of mirror.” This story...

June 22, 2017

Poetry is a beautiful, joyful art—no matter how dark its subject matter. It’s a celebration of our voices, our ability to raise them, the lives we’re inhabiting and sharing, and, yes, also, a celebration of those who are willing to read and listen. We answer our recent State of the Union issue with this, our 2017 National Poetry Month issue, and we’ve filled it with jubilation and triumph, a mix o...

Well, here we are.

I admit: when we first conceived of the IHLR State of the Union issue, I believed Hillary would win the 2016 presidential election, and so I envisioned this issue as a text of hope: Look how far America has come. Look where she will go now. Isn’t she beautiful? Instead, in the days after the election, I found myself struggling to grasp the magnitude of living under rabid conserva...

August 30, 2016

We admit . . . we had a long summer: some tragedy among our ranks, and lately, it seems as if there is no way to bring Americans together. Too many people would prefer to keep us separated one from another, via walls and prejudice and anger and fear. This election season promises to be particularly difficult emotionally, and social media has become anything but social--it is, in many ways, simply...

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