chapbook

the ihlr chapbook

 

 

For the 2022 Chapbook Competition, we will select a winning collection of prose. Manuscripts should be 40 - 56 pages with each story/chapter/essay starting on a new page. The winning manuscript will be published in the Fall of 2022 as a separate issue (Volume 24.4). 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 prose chapbooks should be between 40 and 56 pages, with each story/chapter/essay starting on a new page. (In years when we are considering poetry chapbooks, manuscripts must be between 28 and 36 pages, with each poem 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While individual portions of the chapbook may have been published elsewhere, the chapbook as a whole must be previously unpublished.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 25 free submissions on March 1, 2022. 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 25 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 25 available free slots.

 

January 15, 2022 to March 15, 2022: 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.

2022 semi-finalists

Robert Barham, Jars of Daybreak (nf)

Maryah Converse, Consequences (nf)

Jackie Craven, Featherfall (f)

Michael Horton, If Everything Would Just Stand Still (f)

Jill McCabe Johnson, Dead Reckoning (nf)

Matt Knutson, In the Hills

Christine Kwon, The Lady of Cut Flowers (f)

Saul Lemerond, What Was Black Dots Is Now People (f)

Wendy Oleson, To Suture; To Bind (f)

Marc Sheehan, The Birth of Exurbia (f)

Alan Sincic, Portable Glory (f)

2022 finalists

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, Having It Out with Love (nf)

Dustin Hoffman, A Sky So Sharp (f)

Ingrid Keenan, Smile: Five Stories (f)

Erica Plouffe Lazure, Fall of Athens (f)

William Torrey, Freedom of Movement (f)

2022 winner!

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood

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

Origin Stories
Origin Stories

22.3, Winner of IHLR Chapbook

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Entryways
Entryways

21.5, Winner of IHLR Chapbook

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Dark Channels
Dark Channels

20.5, Winner of IHLR Chapbook

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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 Winner, IHLR Chapbook

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Freda Epum
Freda Epum

2019 Winner, IHLR Chapbook

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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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Coming Soon
Coming Soon

2022 Chapbook

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Imitating Light
Imitating Light

24.3, Winner of IHLR Chapbook

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Shuly Xóchitl Cawood
Shuly Xóchitl Cawood

2022 Chapbook Winner

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Roseanna Alice Boswell
Roseanna Alice Boswell

2021 Chapbook Winner

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