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All submissions must be submitted online. Please observe our submission periods (see calendar below); we will automatically reject any manuscript that does not fit the theme or genre of that submission period. We do not publish previously published materials. Prose writers should send one manuscript (17 pages or less); poets should send three to five poems. Iron Horse accepts simultaneous submissions but please inform us immediately if a submission has been taken elsewhere. For further information on any topic, email us at


single author issue: Each year, we publish one issue as a chapbook. The genre rotates: prose collections in odd years; poetry collections in even years. Prose collections should be 50-65 pages, double-spaced; poetry collections should be 28-36 pages, one poem per page. Submissions due every year from mid-January through March. Fee: $18, which includes year's subscription. Winner receives $1,000 and press run of 500.


ihlr trifecta: Send your marathon-long manuscripts every November.


video literature: Submit every year from February to mid-March.

photofinish: Flash prose (less than 500 words) & short poems (up to 15 lines). Respond to our photo prompt, posted online May 15. Winner: $250. Nine finalists are published in the e-edition, released at midnight on Dec 31. $5 fee. Submit every June.


payments: We pay $100 for stories and essays, $50 for poems, and $40 for flash prose.


If you want to know what poems, stories, and essays appeal to us, purchase a sample issue.


volume 19 submission gates


19.1             State of the Union           Aug 22 - Sept 30, 2016

19.2             NaPoMo                           Sept 26 - Oct 21, 2016

19.3             IHLR Trifecta                     Nov 3 - Dec 5, 2016

19.4             Open Issue                       Jan 1 - Mar 15, 2017

19.5             Single Author                   Jan 15 - Mar 15, 2017

19.6             FilmFest/DVD Issue         Feb 1 - Mar 15, 2017

                    Photo Finish                     June 1 - June 30, 2017

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