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dec

02

2020

We are pleased to announce the winner and finalists for our annual Long Story competition. Our Long Story focuses on prose submissions that often are too large for a lot of journals out there. We love getting the opportunity to read these longer submissions, with such beautiful depth and development that spills over 20-40 pages of content.

 

This year, we changed up our annual Long Story issue, formally called Trifecta. We now focus on choosing one excellent story or essay from a pool of great submissions, and choosing that winner is such a difficult task. We want to thank everyone who submitted to us, especially with how difficult this year has been for so many. It means a lot that you took the time to send your work our way.

The winner of our Long Story issue will be published in Summer of 2021 as a digital issue and will receive $1,000. To learn more about our annual Long Story issue, click here.

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

Winner

"Falling," an essay by Jill Christman

dec

02

2020

We are thrilled to announce the winner, finalists, and semi-finalists of our annual National Poetry Month competition. Each year, we dedicate an entire issue to poetry, with all finalists being published and the winner receiving an additional $1,000.

We are so thankful to everyone who submitted this year. This has been a difficult time for so many people, but many of you still found time for poetry, and we were honored to receive so many excellent submissions. We wish we could publish many more, but ultimately we had to settle on a list of semi-finalists, finalists, and one winner. To all of you who took the time to submit to us, thank you.

The ten finalists and winner will be released as a digital issue during National Poetry Month, April of 2021. To learn more about our NaPoMo issue, click here.

Semi-finalists:

Cassandra Cleghorn, "Her Need to Hear Only the Lesson Learned"

Jessica Dionne, "Self-Portrait as the Moth Floating in My Water Cup," "Please Use Your Inside Voice," and "A Hunger in 3 Cities:"

Dante di Stefano, "stand back and stand by"

Natalie Havlina, "Spider Veins"

Matthew Hawk, "Apollo’s Archaic Torso"

Siew David Hii, "The Heart, the Mangoes, another Heart, Night"

Bill Hollands, "ICYMI" and "The Crocodile Pit at the Serpentarium, Miami, Florida"

Trevor Ketner, "[Thus can my love excuse the slow offence]"

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, "Week 11: Fig"

Susan Meserve, "On the Phone"

Mary Moore, "Instructions To Self"

Amy Stengel, "After Reading Walden for the 5th Time"

Ayesha Shibli, "The Last Person and My Mother and I Resurrect Our Dead"

Sarah Snyder, "Second Knee Replacement"

Lana Spendl, "Through the Window"

Leslie Williams, "Over Leaf and Still Life with Lobster" and "Nautilus"

Finalists:

Jessica Dionne, "Swamp Mama"

Dante di Stefano, "Eating Lucky Charms Straight Out of the Box in the Middle of the Night, I Suddenly Want to Be a Lorca Poem"

S. M. Ellis, "My Father as Graven Image"

Adam J. Gellings, "The Half of It"

Kathryn Haemmerle, "March Propositions"

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, "Week 14: Lemon"

Susan Meserve, "Heat Wave"

Ayesha Shibli, "My Father Teaches Me How to Open a Pomegranate"

Sarah Snyder, "Ginger Roots"

Leslie Williams, "Connective Tissue"

Winner:

Cassandra Cleghorn, "You Ask What I Was Like Back Then"

oct

15

2020

Our submission gate for our annual themed issue is open now. Each year we release an issue that celebrates one particular theme. For 2021, we've chosen Power. We want to see your poems, stories, and essays that address ideas of power: authority, empowerment, privilege, muscle, independence, strength, fortitude, unity, protest.

How you interpret our theme is always up to the authors who are kind enough to show us their work. Whether your piece deals directly with issues of power or has only a tenuous tie, we'd be honored to read what you send along. Our submissions are open from now until Nov 20th, an extended deadline. And as with all of our issues, we have a special free submission day, this time on Nov 1st. So please, pull out your best work about power (or write something new!) and send it along to us. We can't wait to read it.

sept

10

2020

We're pleased to announce the winner of our Photo Finish contest, Erica Plouffe Lazure. In On Sail, we were dazzled by an ekphrastic story about a woman's strange and magical transformation into a ship. Please join us in congratulating Erica and all of our amazing finalists!

Michelle Lerner | Seaquestration

Sam Kaspar | Sailing to Busying Times

Kate Stadt | Delicate Cycle

Whitney Rio-Ross | Penelope, Upon Her Husband's Return

Sarah-Jane Crowson  | Epic

Michele Randall | Planning for Fall

Julia Singer | Washing Up

K. K. Fox | Boat Go

Alice Turski | A Long Time Coming

Susan Carroll Jewell | Odysseus Arrives From the Land of the Phaeacians

The new issue of Photo Finish will be released at midnight on New Year's Eve.

sept

9

2020

We're thrilled to announce one of our 2020 Trifecta winners, Kate Blackwood. Her story, "Silver Tongue," won the prize in fiction. We hope you'll join us in reading her story as part of our long story series when we publish Blackwood's piece in November!

Kate Blackwood worked as a journalist in the Detroit area before earning an MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories and the occasional poem have appeared in Red Line Blues, The Metamer Quarterly, and elsewhere. Kate lives in Ithaca, New York, where she works as a writer and web editor for Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is a board member of Ithaca City of Asylum, a project that helps writers whose voices are threatened and whose lives are in danger.

sept

9

2020

We're thrilled to announce one of our 2020 Trifecta winners, Ruby Al-Qasem. Her essay, "The Motherpeace," won the prize in nonfiction. We hope you'll join us in reading her essay as part of our long story series when we publish Al-Qasem's piece in November!

Ruby Al-Qasem’s work has appeared in The Baltimore Review and been a finalist in Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology. Her essay “The Girls” was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2019. She has just completed her PhD in creative writing at University of North Texas, where she served as the Nonfiction Contest Editor for American Literary Review. She lives in the Dallas area.

sept

9

2020

We're thrilled to announce one of our 2020 Trifecta winners, Eva H.D. Her poem, "The Curse of the Magi," won the prize in poetry. We hope you'll join us in reading her poem as part of our long story series when we publish H.D.'s piece in November!

Eva H.D. wrote Rotten Perfect Mouth, won the Montreal International Poetry Prize for "38 Michigans," and was a 2017 MacDowell fellow. She works in your favourite bar.

sept

2

2020

We're pleased to announce the release of Iron Horse's National Poetry Month Issue (22.2). This all poetry issue features work from George Bilgere, Traci Brimhall, Taylor Byas, Grant Clauser, Sarah Cooper, Chris Ellery, Oscar Enriquez, Christian Anton Gerard, Clemonce Heard, Rachel Mennies, Sarah Nance, Janice Northerns, Cindy Juyoung Ok, Emily Perez, Doug Ramspeck, Anna Sandy-Elrod, and Troy Varvel.

You can pick up a copy of our NaPoMo issue here.

aug

5

2020

Kerry Beth Neville has selected Brigitte Lewis's chapbook, Origin Stories, as the winner of the 2020 IHLR Chapbook competition. Brigitte Lewis's work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Hobart, Southampton Review, a Lambda Literary award-winning issue of Foglifter, and more. She is working on a novel about climate change, grieving, and creating language for a world increasingly defined by what is or will become absent. She lives in Oregon and can always smell a mixture of sage and juniper in the air.

june

30

2020

The submission gate for the 2020 IHLR Photo-Finish opens tomorrow morning, July 1, at 8 a.m. The Free Submit Day has been bumped to July 17. Further information can be found  here.

 

june

16

2020

Charles Patterson, our editor's beloved father and the designer of the IHLR colophon, layout, and covers for twenty years, died on June 16, after a near four-year battle with leukocytosis. His passing has left the Patterson family stunned and struggling to grasp his absence. We apologize for production delays and the slow opening of the PhotoFinish gates. It will take a bit of time to adjust.

 

may

17

2020

The Iron Horse office has closed for the summer. Our submission gates, including NewsFlash, will be closed until Aug 15--except for the Photo-Finish issue, which opens to flash submissions on June 1. If you currently have an in-progress submission with us, you can expect a response in two weeks. If you have work appearing in a fall issue, we will stay in touch. We still do not have access to our office--supplies, the printer, back stock. We cannot send out new issues or fulfill purchases until campus opens, which we believe will be sometime in June. We will honor all purchases and release both issues then.

may

2

2020

We are so pleased to announce the finalists of our annual Trifecta competition. In poetry: Eva H.D., Mary Moore, Brian Orth, and Sara Moore Wagner. In nonfiction: Ruby Al-Qasem and Eve Ettinger. In fiction: Kate Blackwood, Bino Realuyo, Peter Stavros, and Gina Troisi. We hope to announce the winners by the end of May! Stay tuned for more information!

 

apr

16

2020

We missed our usual summer release for last year's Trifecta winners (for various reasons we won't go in to), but we're dropping them now, and we hope that the timing is actually better. If you're looking for something to read during the COVID-19 quarantine, we've got three terrific singles: Elissa C. Huang's story "Haw Flakes and Dried Squid," Susanna Childress's essay "Four Before I Begin Again," and Benjamin Gucciardi's poem "Rendering the Pose."  Read them right here.

 

apr

1

2020

Texas Tech University has officially moved business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed. We will post updates as things progress. Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock, we will not be sending out new issues or filling orders until the shelter-in-place rules are lifted. We will honor all purchases as soon as we can. Spring 2020 issues will be released then, as well. Thank you for your patience.

 

feb

26

2020

We've just released our Open Issue (21.4)! This issue features some terrific poems, stories, and essays by Eleanor Mary Boudreau, T. Clear, Sara Hirsch, Clio Simmons, Robin Rozanski, Michael Welch, and Joan Potter. Plus, it features fiction and poetry from AWP's Intro Award Winners: Katerina Ivanov, Alizabeth Worley, and Caitlin Wilson. 

Grab this terrific issue here for $5. 

jan

23

2020

We've just released Freda Epum’s 2019 winning chapbook selected by Lacy M. Johnson, Entryways into memories that might assemble me,. Freda Epum (FREE-DUH EYY-POOM) is a Nigerian-American writer and artist from Tucson, Arizona. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from Bend- ing Genres, Cosmonauts Avenue, Heavy Feather Review, Nat.Brut, Third Coast, Atticus Review, and Rogue Agent. Don’t miss your chance to buy a copy of Epum’s newest chapbook,  right here.

jan

10

2020

For the IHLR 2020 Chapbook Competition, we will select a winning collection of FICTION: a novella, or four to five ten-page stories, or a collection of flash stories, or some similar set-up, but all FICTION. We are not accepting hybrids this year. The winning manuscript will be published in the Fall of 2020 as a separate issue (Volume 22.4). Full-color cover art will reflect the collection’s content and emphasize its title, not the name of Iron Horse. The winner also receives a $1,000 honorarium and 15 copies. This year's judge is Kerry Beth Neville. Learn more about Neville or see the guidelines here.

 

jan

1

2020

The IHLR staff is pleased to release our 2019 PhotoFinish--our annual finale, released at midnight on New Year's Eve. This year, the issue contains poems, stories, and essays in response to the photo we provided of a cracked and broken egg. Contributors include M. Soledad Caballero, Neil Carpathios, Jason Gray, Susan Jewell, N. R. Robinson, Katherine Seluja, Leah Skay, Matthew Sutton, Charles Venable, Vivian Wagner, and this year's winner, Alice Duggan. Read it for free right here! And watch for next year's photo--we'll post it in May and accept submissions all during the month of June.

 

oct

8

2019

The IHLR submission gates are soon to be open! Every fall, Iron Horse accepts submissions for its annual Trifecta, which is your chance to publish those marathon manuscripts most journals won't consider. Poets should submit a single poem, 10-20 pages long. Prose writers should submit a story or essay that runs between 25 and 40 pages. The entry fee is $10, which includes a year's subscription. The winners--a poet, an essayist, and a fiction writer--each receive $250.

 

Submit your manuscripts HERE starting on October 20th!

 

mar

14

2020

Well, we didn't make it to AWP20. And now classes have been canceled for two weeks while we move our campus to a virtual space. It's a ghost town around here, like something out of a futuristic end-of-times movie. So, for our current flash sale, we've got our Apocalypse Issue (21.1) for only $3. Get yourself something good--and appropriate!--to read while you self-isolate. Stay safe and healthy--

Buy a copy right  here for $3 (Reg. $5). 

sept

11

2019

Our 2019-2020 gates are officially open! Submit now, though October 7, 2019, for our annual NaPoMo Issue. Send us all things poetry--your very best. The FREE SUBMIT DAY for this issue is Sept 20. The link will go live that morning at 8 a.m., and you can submit for free through 10 p.m. Head's up: while we normally respond personally to every manuscript we receive, we no longer respond personally to submissions we receive on free days. Submit right HERE!

sept

11

2019

On Thursday, Sept 19, 2019, fiction writer Nick White will be on campus, as part of the Creative Writing Program Reading Series. He will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. A native of Mississippi (with a deep Southern accent!), Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017) and the short story collection Sweet & Low (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2018). He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, and Lit Hub.

sept

6

2019

Iron Horse Literary Review is proud to announce that Alice Duggan's poem, "To a Dropped Egg," is the winner of the 2019 IHLR PhotoFinish! She will receive $250. Finalists, who will also be published in the issue and will receive $50 each, include M. Soledad Caballero, Neil Carpathios, Jason Gray, Susan Jewell, N. R. Robinson, Katherine Seluja, Leah Skay, Matthew Sutton, Charles Venable, and Vivian Wagner. Read all of them--for free!--right here at midnight one New Year's Eve.

sept

5

2019

Lacy M. Johnson has selected Freda Epum's Entryways into memories that might assemble me, as the 2019 IHLR Chapbook winner. A Nigerian-American writer and artist, Epum has published work in Bending Genres, Cosmonauts Avenue, Third Coast, Atticus Review, and other journals. She received her MFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A 2018 Voices of Our Nation/VONA fellow, she has also received support from the Anderson Center at Tower View and the Jordan Goodman Prize. She is at work on her first book, a dark humor pop-culture inspired memoir about race, mental illness, and HGTV. She lives in Cincinnati.

mar

7

2019

We're delighted to announce the poetry winner for the 2019 IHLR Trifecta. Congratulations to Benjamin Gucciardi, whose poem, "Rendering the Pose," impressed us with its ghost-filled landscape, personal narrative, and textured language. He will receive $250, and we'll publish his poem this June, for free!

Gucciard's poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Indiana Review, Orion Magazine, RHINO poetry, and other journals. He is the winner of the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize from Harpur Palate and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize. He works with refugee and immigrant youth in Oakland, California.

feb

28

2019

We're pleased to announce the fiction winner for the 2019 IHLR Trifecta. Congratulations to Elissa C. Huang, whose story, "Haw Flakes and Dried Squid," shook us with its compelling protagonist and seamless plot. She will receive a prize of $250, and we will publish her story this June, free to anyone who wishes to read it!

Huang received her MFA in Dramatic Writing for NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the John Golden Playwriting Prize and the Goldberg Prize in Playwriting. Her work has been published in Cheat River Review and Hyphen Magazine.

feb

20

2019

Today, we released Jed Myers's winning chapbook of poem, Dark's Channels. Jed is the author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press, forthcoming), and two previous chapbooks. His poems have appeared The Greensboro Review,  Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Prime Num-ber Magazine, and many other journals. Don't miss your chance to buy a copy of his latest, right here.

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feb

14

2019

We're pleased to announce the Nonfiction winner for the 2019 IHLR Trifecta competition. Congratulations to Susanna Childress, whose essay, "Four Before I Begin Again," impressed us with its sensitivity, candor, and raw narrative power. She will receive a prize of $250, and we will publish her essay this June, free of charge to our subscribers!

Childress's two books of poetry won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Society of Midland Authors Award. A book of essays, Extremely Yours, is forthcoming from Awst Press. She lives along the western shore of Michigan.

feb

6

2019

We've selected the finalists for the 2019 IHLR Trifecta competition. Congratulations to these fiction writers and poets, who sent us some very fine marathon-long manuscripts!

Fiction: Nat Akin, Jim Daniels, Yakira Frank, Elissa C. Huang, Mary Lannon, Gavin McCall, Daniel Paul, Jamie Lyn Smith, Easton Smith, and Frank Soos.

Poetry: Christopher Cokinos, Benjamin Bucciardi, Gregory Kimbrell, Elias Siqueiros, and Jennifery Sperry Steinorth.

jan

1

2019

We've just released the 2018 IHLR PhotoFinish! Read the terrific stories, poems, and essays written in response to our annual photo prompt. It's free! Included is work by Holly Teresa Baker, Kari Flickinger, Avital Gad-Cykman, David Kikuchi, Susan Kikuchi, K. T. Landon, Jennifer Martelli, Timothy Reilly, Anna Scotti, Penn Stewart, and David Sullivan. Read it right here!

oct

18

2018

We've opened the submission gates for the 2019 IHLR Trifecta! Send us your marathon-long stories, poems, and essays--it's the only time of year that we read them! Gates remain open till midnight on November 25. Our free submit day is November 2. For more information, check out our Trifecta guidelines.

oct

3

2018

Iron Horse Literary Review is proud to announce that Jennifer Martelli's poem, "Oxblood," is the winner of the 2018 IHLR PhotoFinish! Finalist include Holly Teresa Baker's "What We Lost," Kari Flickinger's "Two Hymns," Avital Gad-Cykman's "Devilish," David Kikuchi's "the Song of Every Movie's Eagle," Susan Kikuchi's "things we left behind," K. T. Landon's "The Key," Timothy Reilly's "Lost & Found," Anna Scotti's Grace at the Pavilion," Penn Stewart's "Lost and Found," and David Sullivan's "Catpurse Canticle." Read all of them--for free!--right here at midnight on New Year's Eve.

sept

11

2018

Iron Horse Literary Review is proud to launch IHLR NewsFlash. For this series, we're seeking brief poems, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction that respond to the most pressing events occurring right now. Every Monday, year-round, we'll open the IHLR NewsFlash gate, will receive the first 20 submissions, and publish the very best of them at IHLR Online the following week. At the end of the year, we'll pay a $200 honorarium to the writer of the best NewsFlash from that year. Get more information here!

sept

3

2018

We've opened the gates for our 10th annual NaPoMo issue! Submit through September 30th, with a free Submit day on September 13th!

july

20

2018

Lacy M. Johnson has been selected as the judge for the 2019 IHLR Chapbook competition, in prose this year. She is the author of The Reckonings (Scribner, 2018), The Other Side (Tin House, 2014), and Trespasses: A Memoir (U of Iowa P, 2012). She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography and a 2014 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer pick. Deadline for submission to the 2019 competition is March 1.

july

16

2018

Tyehimba Jess has selected Jed Myers's Dark's Channels as the 2018 IHLR Chapbook winner. Myers is the author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press, forthcoming), and two previous chapbooks. Recent honors include the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry, The Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize, and The Tishman Review's Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Dark Channel's will be released this fall.

sept

24

2019

We're thrilled and honored to announce that Iron Horse Literary Review's Best of Prose Issue, 20.1, was listed as a Notable Issue of 2018 in Best American Essays, 2019. Congratulations to all the terrific essayists who appear in the anthology and to those whose work was also mentioned as "Notable." 

 

For $10, buy your own Best of Prose Issue, 20.1, HERE  and also receive the Best of Poetry Issue, 20.2, as part of the anniversary double issue!  

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