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...

November 7, 2016

Do you have a long manuscript ready and some free time for submission post-election and pre-December? Do we have a list of presses for you!  Take a look at upcoming deadlines, and good luck.

Black Lawrence Press-- Accepting long manuscripts in a variety of genres and formats:  short story collections, novels, CNF, translation, poetry (both chapbook and book-length), and more.  Deadline: Nov. 30, an...

September 26, 2016

A celebration of poetry, poets, and all the people who make this ancient art form still utterly vital, National Poetry Month occurs every April. The event was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and will be entering its twenty-first year in 2017. Many journals contribute to National Poetry Month, or NaPoMo, in their own lively, idiosyncratic ways. Here at...

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 8, 2016

I am so excited to announce that gates are open—through March 31st—for our chapbook competition! Send Iron Horse your best short (28-36 pp.) collection of poetry, with each poem starting on a new page. Submissions will be read blind, so please make sure your manuscripts are stripped of any identifying information (this includes bios and acknowledgment pages). $18 reading fee is required and gets y...

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,...

November 13, 2015

While it's NaNoWriMo now, take a look at some of the following contests for shorter work below. Though some of the contests have entry fees (no more than $10.00) many are free and come with a cash prize: River Styx even offers a case of beer! So, keep on writing your novels this month, get your shorter works ready to submit to these contests, and if you have anything somewhere in the middle, take...

September 29, 2015

Poets! And writers who work mainly in other genres but who (unfairly) also write amazing poems! We are pleased to announce our new submission period and "theme." Well, it's not really a theme. It's poetry—any form, any subject. Submit, now till Oct. 31st, your best, beautiful, wow-boom-life-altering work for Iron Horse's 2016 National Poetry Month Issue. 


We want this...

September 18, 2015

All of the following writing contests are $10 or less, or free! The deadline for the first two contests is September 30, so get your submissions out now! 


Poetry: The Morton Marr Poetry Prize


Contest is open to writers who have not yet published a first book of poetry. Contestants may submit no more than six, previously unpublished poems in a "traditional" form (e.g. sonnet, sestina...

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