• Jacob M. Hall

2022 long story finalists


We are pleased to announce the finalists for our 2022 Iron Horse Long Story competition. Each year, we open submissions for those longer stories and essays (20 to 40 pages) that most journals do not have the space to consider. After carefully reviewing all the submissions we received this year, we've winnowed the list down to these ten finalists. Congratulations to all.


Suzanne Feldman – “The Oldest Word for Love”

Sara Fetherolf – “The Place”

Lucy Zhang – “Further than the Universe”

Rebecca Bernard – “We Have Disappeared”

K.R. Segriff – “Unidentified Male”

Patrick Thomas Henry – “Of the Throat”

Leah Skay – “Social Creatures”

Jean Dowdy – “Spent Splendor”

Nancy Ludmerer – “The Loneliness Cure”

Dave O’Leary – “Where We Were Then”


We plan to announce the winner of the 2022 competition on Dec 1. The winner will receive $1,000 and their story will be published in an e-single, in full-color, available for free download to all readers via ISSUU. If you have a long story you'd like us to consider, we'll be accepting submissions for the 2023 competition in August of next year. We hope to see your work then, and we look forward to announcing this year's winner soon.