SPECIAL NOTE RE: COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SUMMER 2020: The Iron Horse office has closed for the summer. Our submission gates, including NewsFlash, will be closed until August 15--except for the annual PhotoFinish issue, which opens to flash submissions on June 1. If you currently has an in-progress submission with us, you can expect a response in two weeks. 

We still do not have access to our office--supplies, the printer, or back stock. We cannot send out new issues or fulfill purchases until campus reopens, which we believe will be sometime in June. We will honor all purchases and release both spring issues--the Selfies Issue and the NaPoMo Issue--at that time.


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, without comment. 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 • We do not publish previously published materials.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. Manuscripts that do not meet these parameters will be rejected, without comment.

• 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, without comment, any long manuscripts that come in during other submission periods.

• 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. We'll be happy for you and will much appreciate the head's up.

• Upon publication, we provide an honorarium of $50 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 filmfest winners include $300 (Editor's Prize) and $200 (Audience Award).

• Please include a COVER LETTER with your name, email address, and the title(s) of work submitted, but paste your COVER LETTER into the appropriate field in Submittable. Do NOT include your cover letter inside the manuscript itself--not as the first or any page inside the submission. 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. We also offer free submission days during every submission period. Follow us on social media to see those announcements and receive the hidden links.

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




Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


We've just released our 2019 chapbook winner, Freda Epum's Entryways into memories that might assemble me,.

It's a thought-provoking hybrid--part cultural study, part memoir, part flash--selected by Lacy M. Johnson. We're so pleased to add this chapbook to the IHLR Chapbook Series. 

Buy your copy here for $10.






Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


We've just released our 21.4 Open Issue!

Poetry by: Eleanor Mary Boudreau, T. Clear, Sara Hirsch, Clio Simmons, Caitlin Wilson, and Alizabeth Worley

Fiction by: Katerina Ivanov, Robin Rozanski, and Michael Welch

Nonfiction by: Joan Potter

Buy your copy here for $5.









Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


Iron Horse Literary Review has been in print for 20 years! In that time, we've published 76 issues, including 825 poems, 207 stories, and 97 essays. 


Here, in this double issue, we're including our most beloved selections: our favorite 7 stories, 4 essays, and 26 poems:

  • Best of IHLR Fiction: shane castle | aaron gwyn | gina ochsner | lucas southworth | e.m. tran | anne valente | kennedy weible   
  • Best of IHLR Nonfiction: lina maria ferreira cabeza-vanegas | gary fincke | elizabeth horneber | michelle valois
  • Best of IHLR Poetry: nin andrews | lauren berry | nickole brown | m. soledad caballero | ching-in chen | tiana clark | chad davidson | erica dawson | stephen dunn | ryler dustin | jaclyn dwyer | carolina ebeid | bob hicok | carrie jerrell | tyehimba jess | ted kooser | barbara lau | li-young lee | paige lewis | juan j. morales | cecily parks | katie peterson | carl phillips | saara myrene raappana | karrie waarala | afaa michael weaver

 

Celebrate with us! Read this double issue, featuring these terrific writers, and learn how we selected the works we've included--which will give "insider" insight into our overall preferences and editorial selection process!


Sincerely,
Leslie Jill Patterson, Editor









Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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.  


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Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


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Thank you for supporting IHLR, our contributors, and the literary arts! Without subscribers, we wouldn't exist!


Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


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Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


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Note Regarding COVID19: Texas Tech University has moved all business operations off campus. Our team is working from home. While we will continue to read submissions, our response time may be delayed--we will post updates as we progress and watch the fallout of the virus's spread across the western states.   

Additionally, because we cannot access our supplies, printer, or back stock at the moment, we will NOT be sending out new issues or fulfilling purchases 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. 


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