Iron Horse Literary Review publishes short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

General Guidelines:

• All manuscripts must be submitted online, via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via regular mail or email.

• Our submission gates open and close on a rolling basis between mid-August and mid-April each year. Please observe our submission periods; we reject manuscripts that do not fit the theme or genre of that submission period. See the table on our website for dates and topics. If the gate is not open, do not attempt to submit by purchasing a back issue or any other item. Wait till the gate is open.

• We do not publish previously published materials.

• Regular submissions: Prose writers should send one manuscript (5,500 words or less); poets should send 3-5 poems.

• Longer manuscripts must be entered in our annual Trifecta Competition (Prose: one essay or story, 25-40 pages; poetry: a single poem, 10-20 pages long). We reject long manuscripts that come in during any other submission period.

• We review only three manuscripts by any one author during any one academic year; subsequent manuscripts by the same author will be automatically rejected.

• Iron Horse accepts simultaneous submissions but please inform us immediately if a submission is taken elsewhere. Just send us a note through Submishmash or via email: ihlr.mail@gmail.com.

• Upon publication, we provide an honorarium of $40 per poem or flash piece and $100 per story or essay. Trifecta winners (one each in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction) receive $250. The Single-Author Chapbook winner receives $1,000. Prizes for film fest winners include $400 (Editor's Prize), $250 (Audience Award), and $100 (Student Winner).

• Please include a cover letter with your name, email address, and the title(s) of work submitted. Enter your cover letter into the appropriate field inside Submittable. Do not include your cover letter inside your manuscript. We will immediately REJECT manuscripts including cover letters.

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with IHLR before you submit your work. Find more about the current issue as well as subscription information on our website.

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Iron Horse Literary Review charges a $3 submission fee for each regular manuscript submitted to our office (our various competitions have entry fees). Like every literary journal in the country, we're compelled to demonstrate that we are both a fruitful project, with many benefits, as well as self-sufficient rather than a drain on limited funds. Together, with your help, we can keep the literary arts alive, and we hope you will be happy to spend $3 for your submission rather than giving that money to an office supply store and the post office.

Thank you for your continued support of Iron Horse! Without writers, we wouldn't even exist--




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Lately, it seems as if there is no way to bring Americans together. Too many people would prefer to keep us separated one from another, via walls and prejudice and anger and fear. This election season promises to be particularly difficult emotionally, and social media has become anything but social--it is, in many ways, simply intolerable.

Despite all of the dread and foreboding, I remain an optimist. So we at Iron Horse are kicking off this production year by considering what humans can accomplish when we learn to embrace difference warmly; when we fight for the civil rights of those who have long been denied them; when we defend the beauty and power behind the intent of America, with all of her many cultures and voices; and when we remember who we were but mostly where we're headed, instead of suggesting we should go backward to "again." For when history repeats itself, it's never for the good.

We're looking for poems, stories, essays that focus upon the potential of unity and union, the splendor of diversity, the belief in progress--and yes, even those darker manuscripts contemplating those moments when we have failed. Let's look forward to what we might accomplish and mourn when we have foundered.

Send us your best work--literary, artistic, grounded in reality (or the surreal!), and not sermons on the obvious but rather manuscripts that deliver maverick scenes and stories and people so distinctive we cannot deny them.

Sincerely,

Leslie Jill Patterson
Editor, Iron Horse Literary Review

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Lately, it seems as if there is no way to bring Americans together. Too many people would prefer to keep us separated one from another, via walls and prejudice and anger and fear. This election season promises to be particularly difficult emotionally, and social media has become anything but social--it is, in many ways, simply intolerable.

Despite all of the dread and foreboding, I remain an optimist. So we at Iron Horse are kicking off this production year by considering what humans can accomplish when we learn to embrace difference warmly; when we fight for the civil rights of those who have long been denied them; when we defend the beauty and power behind the intent of America, with all of her many cultures and voices; and when we remember who we were but mostly where we're headed, instead of suggesting we should go backward to "again." For when history repeats itself, it's never for the good.

We're looking for poems, stories, essays that focus upon the potential of unity and union, the splendor of diversity, the belief in progress--and yes, even those darker manuscripts contemplating those moments when we have failed. Let's look forward to what we might accomplish and mourn when we have foundered.

Send us your best work--literary, artistic, grounded in reality (or the surreal!), and not sermons on the obvious but rather manuscripts that deliver maverick scenes and stories and people so distinctive we cannot deny them.

Sincerely,

Leslie Jill Patterson
Editor, Iron Horse Literary Review

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Lately, it seems as if there is no way to bring Americans together. Too many people would prefer to keep us separated one from another, via walls and prejudice and anger and fear. This election season promises to be particularly difficult emotionally, and social media has become anything but social--it is, in many ways, simply intolerable.

Despite all of the dread and foreboding, I remain an optimist. So we at Iron Horse are kicking off this production year by considering what humans can accomplish when we learn to embrace difference warmly; when we fight for the civil rights of those who have long been denied them; when we defend the beauty and power behind the intent of America, with all of her many cultures and voices; and when we remember who we were but mostly where we're headed, instead of suggesting we should go backward to "again." For when history repeats itself, it's never for the good.

We're looking for poems, stories, essays that focus upon the potential of unity and union, the splendor of diversity, the belief in progress--and yes, even those darker manuscripts contemplating those moments when we have failed. Let's look forward to what we might accomplish and mourn when we have foundered.

Send us your best work--literary, artistic, grounded in reality (or the surreal!), and not sermons on the obvious but rather manuscripts that deliver maverick scenes and stories and people so distinctive we cannot deny them.

Sincerely,

Leslie Jill Patterson
Editor, Iron Horse Literary Review

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We're currently reading for our 2017 National Poetry Month issue (Volume 19, No. 2). Poems of all types accepted September 26 - October 21, 2016. This is one of our most popular issues, and we always combine new voices with some established champions. We're excited to see what you've been working on, so send us your best! Help us celebrate the power of poems!

Combine the poems you wish us to consider in ONE file. Do NOT upload multiple files, one for each poem (which will cost you a bunch of money).

Do NOT include your cover letter materials in the file with your poems. Simply paste it into the Cover Letter box on the submission form. Manuscript files that include biographical statements will be rejected automatically.


We've just released issue 18.2 of IHLR, NaPoMo 2016. This year's annual all-poetry issue is dedicated to the late poet Jason Bradford whose poem, "The Day I Was Healed Tableside in a Diner," is the centerpiece of the issue. Also, peek inside the workspace of Tomás Q. Morín in our In the Saddle feature and catch our interview with the multi-talented Kenzie Allen.

Poetry: kenzie allen | michael boccardo | jason bradford | doug paul case | morris collins | gemma cooper-novack | tim craven | charles hughes | brianna low | nathan mcclain | kathryn merwin | trey moody | erin redfern | carine topal | nicholas wong


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In 2009, at AWP in Chicago, a group named MotionPoems mounted a television near the elevator bank and aired some of their cutting-edge collaborations—poets and video artists working together to animate terrific poems. While everyone was rushing around to various sessions, I stood in front of that TV, mesmorized. Then when TriQuarterly switched from print production to an electronic format, I found its collection of video literature, curated at the time by John Bresland and containing primarily video essays but also several cinepoems.

Every time I chanced upon some new video literature, I was enthralled . . . the way a good documentary or feature film can make me forget it’s daylight outside the theater. Added to that magic was the voiceover, a narrator speaking directly to me, with all the poetry and finesse and artistry that I love about great literary writers.

If you asked me in the beginning to explain what video literature is, I would have turned directly to then IHLR Managing Editor, Landon Houle, who had explained it to a local talk-radio DJ: it’s similar to Paul Harvey’s “Like a Farmer” commercial, the ad that aired during Super Bowl XLVII and was so wildly popular that it spawned a slew of “artsy” commercials in the next two Super Bowls. Now, I can also tell you that video literature involves the juxtaposition of words with surprising images—there’s a conversation happening between language and picture in these pieces. And I also know that you can produce a piece of video literature on your cell phone or using the software that comes standard on every laptop or desktop computer these days. Try it!

Since 2013, IHLR has held an annual filmfest, and for the first time last year, it sold out. Here, in our inaugural DVD issue, we’ve collected our favorite pieces from those three festivals. We include video essays from Jacob Cutler, Joe Dornich, Paul Hunton, Joseph Johnston, Laura Marostica, Kristen Radtke, and Kirk Wisland; cinepoems from Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Heid E. Erdrich, and Rebecca Gayle Howell; and one cine-story, Landon Houle’s “One of Us.” Finally, we’ve also included an experimental piece by John Bresland, a “found” video essay featuring actual clips from Peyton Place and haiku from David Trinidad’s book Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera. Bresland continues to be the leading figure in the video literature movement, offering workshops on the production of such films and starting the original collection at TriQuarterly. Now, Bresland has passed the torch, and Kristen Radtke manages the video submissions to TriQuarterly.

Watching the IHLR collection will show you why we’re so enamored with this new form. And every year, between January 1 and March 30, when we’re accepting video literature entries for our annual filmfest, you’ll know what we’re looking for. Every three years, we’ll include our favorites from the filmfests in a DVD issue. We hope to see your submissions, and we hope you enjoy the show!



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