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napomo 2021

aug 15 - oct 1 (extended to oct 4)

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.

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the long story

aug 15 - oct 1 (extended to oct 4)

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

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bliss, 24.2

oct 15 - nov 15

Send us your poems, stories, and essays that address ideas of joy: thrill, pleasure, optimism, joie de vivre, delight, rejoicing, gratitude, love, freedom, laughter, life.

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chapbook issue, 24.3

jan 15 - mar 15

Each year, Iron Horse publishes one issue as a chapbook. This year, we're accepting collections of prose, 40-56 pages. Submissions due by March 15. Entry fee: $18 (which includes a subscription). Winner receives $1,000 and 15 copies of their chapbook.

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open issue, 25.1

feb 1 - mar 15

Poems, stories, essays on any topic.

ihlr book prize

june 15 - aug 15

We seek short story and essay collections between 150-250 pages from emerging writers, & particularly encourage writers from under-represented groups to submit. The winner receives $1,000 &  publication with Texas Tech University Press. All submissions will be considered for publication.

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the photofinish

july 1 - aug 30

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 less). Entry few: $5. First prize: $250. Ten finalists: $50 each.

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