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               the trifecta

               the long story

Every fall, for seven years, Iron Horse has accepted submissions for our annual Trifecta, an issue in which we published those marathon-long manuscripts most journals won't consider. While we originally published three long pieces every year--one long poem, one long essay, and one long story, we are converting the line to prose only. (Our NaPoMo issue will include a contest for poets now.)


Every fall, we still read marathon-long submissions but only in nonfiction and fiction--prose manuscripts that run between 20 and 40 pages. The entry fee is $15, which includes a year's subscription. The winner--either one essay or one story--will receive $1,000 and be published in an e-single, in full-color, available for free download to all readers via ISSUU.


The winner will receive a lot of PR on our website, but also on our social media outlets. Anyone can read, download, and share the e-single when released.


NOTE: Iron Horse does not read long manuscripts outside of the LONG STORY submission period. So don't miss the opportunity to have our editors look at your long stories or essays every fall. Gates are open from Aug 15 through Oct 15. Our free submission day is Oct 1, on which we will accept 25 free submissions.


Submit online here.


And read the IHLR Trifecta stories, essays, and poems at IHLR Online ... for FREE!

2023 finalists & winner


Sarah Freligh, "Heaven"


Wendy BooydeGraaff, “The Returning”

Bill Gaythwaite, “If You Only Knew”

Summer Hammond – "(I Won't Know, Until Later)"

Dylan Onderdonk-Snow  – “First Season”

Bhavika Sicka, “Mooring”

David Stevenson, “High Heaven: A Kind of Love Story"”

Emily Teitsworth – “The Man Who Named the Stars”


Shipra Agarwal, “Papa, Please”

Cara Albert, “Against Florida”

Amanda Doak, “The Mourning Spider”

Gabriela Frank, “A Self She Can Continue Living With”

Nahal Jamir, “How to Unweave a Marshallese Basket, or Screwing Up Your Cultural Heritage”

Hadley Moore, “Hibernation”

Alice Templeton, “Collateral”

Danilo Thomas, “Birdbone”

current/previous winners

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