chapbook

the ihlr chapbook

 

 

For the 2021 Chapbook Competition, we will select a winning collection of POETRY. Manuscripts should be 28 - 36 pages with each poem starting on a new page. The winning manuscript will be published in the Fall of 2021 as a separate issue (Volume 23.4). Full-color cover art will reflect the collection’s content and emphasize its title, not the name of Iron Horse. The published chapbook will look like the single-author book that it is. The winner also receives a $1,000 honorarium and 15 copies.

Due to Covid-19 budget cuts, the editors at Iron Horse will serve as judges until our full budget is reinstated.

 

guidelines

 

• Entries for poetry chapbooks must be between 28 and 36 pages, with each poem starting on a new page. (In years when we are consider prose chapbooks, manuscripts should be between 40 and 56 pages, with each story/chapter/essay starting on a new page.)

• Manuscripts must be typed, with one-inch margins, 12-point font.

• While individual portions of the chapbook may have been published elsewhere, the chapbook as a whole must be previously unpublished.

• The author’s name and  contact  information  must  appear  on  the  Submittable  form, but it must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. There should be no footers or headers containing the author's identity. And no bio page. Manuscripts with biographical information will be disqualified.

• Do not include acknowledgments of previous publications. Manuscripts including an acknowledgments page will be disqualified. • Pages must be numbered.

• The $18 entry fee includes a year's subscription to IHLR.

• We only accept electronic manuscripts, submitted as ONE pdf file, with the entire chapbook in that single file. 

•  Submissions will be accepted between January 15 and March 15. 

 

free submit day

We will accept 20 free submissions on March 1, 2021. On that day, we will open a special gate, revealed on our social media pages (connect with us below) and here on our website. We will accept only one free submission per person (automatically disqualifying subsequent free submission attempts), and we will only accept the first twenty. Once we hit 20 submissions in the free gate, we will close it. Free submissions will not receive a subscription. We offer this opportunity in the hopes of targeting writers who cannot afford to enter otherwise. If you can afford to enter, please do not take one of the 20 available free slots.

 

January 15, 2021 to March 15, 2021: Submit here.

To submit on March 1 for free (with no subscription): Submit here on that day.

results

We'll announce finalists and the winner here, the finalists in late spring, the winner during the summer.

2021 semi-finalists

Nora Hikari, Girl 2.0

David Brunson, Fault Lines

Molly Raynor, Zaftig

Amie Whittemore, Hesitation Waltz

Anthony Thomas Lombardi, Petrichor

Karah Kemmerly, All My Incisors

Liz Marlow, Facing the Water

Arthur Kayzakian, My Burning City

Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Partition Homes

William O'Connell, gods of communication

2021 finalists

Anna Sandy-Elrod, Molt

K. Iver, Short Film

Michael Chang, Almanac of Useless Talents

Sean Cho A., Sonnet Studies

Christen Kauffman, Check Me into the Hotel of Wanting

Alina Stefanescu, Sun with Teethmarks

Mónica Gomery, Architects of Our Already Future

Manisha Sharma, The Vanishing Girls

Zoe Canner, compersion

2021 winner!

Roseanna Alice Boswell, Imitating Light

About the 2020 winning manuscript by Brigitte Lewis, Kerry Beth Neville said: "I read Origin Stories with enormous pleasure from the first to the last sentence. It is an intimate, ambitious and witty collection that delves into the tangled domestic lives of famous Biblical couples: Adam and Eve (wife #2), Lot and Edith, David and Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah, and Adam (again) and Lilith (wife #1). In 'Adam + Eve + Eukaryotes,' the first story of the collection, Adam asks Eve, 'Don't you think we're in this story together?' This double-negative query reveals Adam hopes for Eve’s easy reassurance. After all, she is born of his rib so forever of his body. Eve, however, cryptically responds, 'I know who I am.' This brief Q&A echoes across this collection. I love the surprising and satisfying way these stories interrogate our mythical and mundane MeetCute beginnings, where men are 'raised to be earthquakes' and women are 'raised to be split.'"

previous judges

Kerry Beth Neville
Kerry Beth Neville

2020 Judge

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lacy johnson_edited_edited
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Tyehimba Jess
Tyehimba Jess

2018 Judge

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Dennis Covington
Dennis Covington

2017 Judge

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Rebecca Gayle Howell
Rebecca Gayle Howell

2016 Judge

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Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay

2015 Judge

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Carrie Jerrell
Carrie Jerrell

2014 Judge

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Bill Roorbach
Bill Roorbach

2013 Judge

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Kelly Cherry
Kelly Cherry

2012 Judge

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Erin Belieu
Erin Belieu

2011 Judge

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Mark Richard
Mark Richard

2010 Judge

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Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson

2009 Judge

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previous winners

Winner of the 2020 Chapbook
Winner of the 2020 Chapbook

22.3

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21.3 Chapbook Front Cover
21.3 Chapbook Front Cover
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20.3 Chapbook Front Cover
20.3 Chapbook Front Cover
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A Guest of the Program
A Guest of the Program

19.5, Winner of IHLR Chapbook

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Brigitte Lewis
Brigitte Lewis

2020 Chapbook Winner

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Freda Epum
Freda Epum

2019 Chapbook Winner

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Jed Myers
Jed Myers

2018 Winner, IHLR Chapbook

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Christopher Lowe
Christopher Lowe

2017 Winner, IHLR Chapbook

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In the Temple of Shining Mercy 18.5
In the Temple of Shining Mercy 18.5
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Melancholy of Falling Men 17.5
Melancholy of Falling Men 17.5
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Leviathan 16.5
Leviathan 16.5
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Still Life with Iguana 15.6
Still Life with Iguana 15.6
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Robin Carstensen
Robin Carstensen
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Kirk Wisland
Kirk Wisland
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Joe Wilkins
Joe Wilkins
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Michael Hemminson
Michael Hemminson
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Waiting for the Enemy 14.4
Waiting for the Enemy 14.4
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Control Burn 13.4
Control Burn 13.4
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Fall Ends Tomorrow 12.3
Fall Ends Tomorrow 12.3
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Me, Them, Us 11.4
Me, Them, Us 11.4
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Brandon Davis Jennings
Brandon Davis Jennings
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Hastings Hensel
Hastings Hensel
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Eric Neuenfeldt
Eric Neuenfeldt
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Meagan Ciesla
Meagan Ciesla
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