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Send us your brief responses to immediate current events: prose (800 words or less) and poetry (25 lines or less). We receive only 20 submissions a week and publish the best ones the following week.

napomo 2021

aug 15 - oct 1

Every year, during National Poetry Month, Iron Horse releases a special electronic issue dedicated to all things poetry. Send us your poems! Entry fee: $15 (which includes a subscription). The best poem receives $1,000. Ten other finalists receive $50 each. All eleven are published.

aug 15 - oct 1

Every fall, we accept submissions for The IHLR Long Story, which is your chance to publish those marathon essays and stories most journals won't consider. Manuscripts must be between 20 and 40 pages. Entry fee: $15 (which includes a subscription). The winner--either an essay or story--receives $1,000.

power, 23.2

oct 15 - nov 15

Send us your poems, stories, and essays that address ideas of power: authority, empowerment, privilege, muscle, independence, strength, fortitude, unity, protest.

chapbook issue, 23.3

jan 15 - march 15

Each year, Iron Horse publishes one issue as a chapbook. This year, we're accepting collections of poetry, 28-36 pages. Submissions due by March 1. Entry fee: $15 (which includes a subscription). Winner receives $1,000. 

open issue, 24.1

feb 15 - apr 1

Poems, stories, essays on any topic.

Every year on New Year's Eve, we'll publish an e-issue featuring ten short pieces of prose or poetry in response to a photo we post in May. Send us your best flash stories and essays (500 words or less) or your best poems (fifteen lines or shorter). Entry fee: $5. First prize wins $250. The other ten finalists receive $50 each.

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