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!

2020 winners

2021 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

2021 winner

"Falling," an essay by Jill Christman

current/previous winners

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