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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!

 

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2019

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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2019

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.

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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.

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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!

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2018

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

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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.

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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.

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