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--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 here on our website, but also on our social media outlets. Anyone can read or 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 1 (EXTENDED TO OCT 4). Our free submission day is Sept 1, on which we will accept 25 free submissions.

 

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

2022 finalists & winner

Winner

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Finalists

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current/previous winners

Ruby Al-Qasem
Ruby Al-Qasem
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IHLR 2021 Long Story
IHLR 2021 Long Story
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IHLR 2020 Nonfiction Trifecta
IHLR 2020 Nonfiction Trifecta
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IHLR 2020 Poetry Trifecta
IHLR 2020 Poetry Trifecta
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forthcoming
forthcoming
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Jill Christman
Jill Christman
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Ruby Al-Qasem Pic
Ruby Al-Qasem Pic
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Eva H.D.
Eva H.D.
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IHLR 2020 Fiction Trifecta
IHLR 2020 Fiction Trifecta
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IHLR 2019 Fiction Trifecta
IHLR 2019 Fiction Trifecta
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IHLR 2019 Nonfiction Trifecta
IHLR 2019 Nonfiction Trifecta
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IHLR 2019 Poetry Trifecta
IHLR 2019 Poetry Trifecta
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Kate Blackwood
Kate Blackwood
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Elissa C. Huang
Elissa C. Huang
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Susanna Childress
Susanna Childress
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Benjamin Gucciardi
Benjamin Gucciardi
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Leaving a Trace
Leaving a Trace

2018 Poetry Trifecta

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The Cello Part
The Cello Part

2018 Fiction Trifecta

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The Light of Who We Are
The Light of Who We Are

2018 Nonfiction Trifecta

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Helpless Instruders / Strange Wor
Helpless Instruders / Strange Wor

by Heather Altfeld

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Melanie Figg
Melanie Figg

Winner of the 2018 Poetry Trifecta

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Danielle LaVaque-Manty_edited
Danielle LaVaque-Manty_edited

Winner of the 2018 Fiction Trifecta

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Sheryl St. Germain
Sheryl St. Germain

Winner of 2018 Nonfiction Trifecta

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Nice photo of me, stockholm_edited_edite
Nice photo of me, stockholm_edited_edite
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Letter from Bernie, Letter from Ben
Letter from Bernie, Letter from Ben

2017 Nonfiction Trifecta

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From the Watchtower
From the Watchtower

2017 AWP Intro Award

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The Twi-Lite
The Twi-Lite
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The Apparition at Fort Bragg
The Apparition at Fort Bragg
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Willa Elizabeth Schmidt
Willa Elizabeth Schmidt

Winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Trifecta

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Nathaniel Barron
Nathaniel Barron

Winner of the 2017 AWP Intro Award

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C. J. Spataro
C. J. Spataro

Winner of the 2017 Fiction Trifecta

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tiffany higgins_edited
tiffany higgins_edited
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Grand Avenue: an essay
Grand Avenue: an essay
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Collateral Damage: a story
Collateral Damage: a story
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Ordeal by Water: a poem
Ordeal by Water: a poem

2015 Poetry Trifecta

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Conflict: an essay
Conflict: an essay

2015 Nonfiction Trifecta

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Sarah Pape
Sarah Pape

Winner of the 2016 Nonfiction Trifecta

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Kate Norris
Kate Norris

Winner of the 2016 Fiction Trifecta

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Matthew Miller
Matthew Miller

Winner of the 2015 Poetry Trifecta

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Dario Headshot_edited
Dario Headshot_edited
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French for Weakling: a story
French for Weakling: a story

2015 Fiction Trifecta

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Fine Open Spaces: a story
Fine Open Spaces: a story

2014 Fiction Trifecta

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Off Owl's Head: a poem
Off Owl's Head: a poem

2014 Poetry Trifecta

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Dying in Red Dirt Country: an essay
Dying in Red Dirt Country: an essay

2014 Nonfiction Trifecta

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David Armstrong
David Armstrong

Winner of the 2015 Fiction Trifecta

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Lee Barnes
Lee Barnes

Winner of the 2014 Fiction Trifecta

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Thorpe Moekel
Thorpe Moekel

Winner of the 2014 Poetry Trifecta

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Kip Stratton
Kip Stratton

Winner of the 2014 Nonfiction Trifecta

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