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 will 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. 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!

2021 finalists & winner

Winner

"Falling," an essay by Jill Christman

Finalists

"Pests," a story by Matt Jones

"The Doll," a story by Keith Lesmeister

"Family, Gathering," a story by Michele Ruby

"Married, Living in Italy," a story by Misty Urban

"The Corporate History of Hell," a story by Kennedy Weible

current/previous winners

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

2018 Poetry Trifecta

The Cello Part
The Cello Part

2018 Fiction Trifecta

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

2018 Nonfiction Trifecta

Helpless Instruders / Strange Wor
Helpless Instruders / Strange Wor

by Heather Altfeld

Melanie Figg
Melanie Figg

Winner of the 2018 Poetry Trifecta

Danielle LaVaque-Manty_edited
Danielle LaVaque-Manty_edited

Winner of the 2018 Fiction Trifecta

Sheryl St. Germain
Sheryl St. Germain

Winner of 2018 Nonfiction Trifecta

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

2017 Nonfiction Trifecta

From the Watchtower
From the Watchtower

2017 AWP Intro Award

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

Winner of the 2017 Nonfiction Trifecta

Nathaniel Barron
Nathaniel Barron

Winner of the 2017 AWP Intro Award

C. J. Spataro
C. J. Spataro

Winner of the 2017 Fiction Trifecta

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

2015 Poetry Trifecta

Conflict: an essay
Conflict: an essay

2015 Nonfiction Trifecta

Sarah Pape
Sarah Pape

Winner of the 2016 Nonfiction Trifecta

Kate Norris
Kate Norris

Winner of the 2016 Fiction Trifecta

Matthew Miller
Matthew Miller

Winner of the 2015 Poetry Trifecta

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

2015 Fiction Trifecta

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

2014 Fiction Trifecta

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

2014 Poetry Trifecta

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

2014 Nonfiction Trifecta

David Armstrong
David Armstrong

Winner of the 2015 Fiction Trifecta

Lee Barnes
Lee Barnes

Winner of the 2014 Fiction Trifecta

Thorpe Moekel
Thorpe Moekel

Winner of the 2014 Poetry Trifecta

Kip Stratton
Kip Stratton

Winner of the 2014 Nonfiction Trifecta

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