Iron Horse publishes fiction that earns a deliberate rather
than dismissive read. To this end, we look for fiction that was written
carefully, demonstrates a mature understanding of literature, and
reveals the writer’s control over language and narrative. We do not
accept work that merely conveys an emotion. The story must be
crafted by a skilled writer and engage the reader’s intelligence,
imagination, and sense of humanity. More specifically, we enjoy stories
with developed characters, consistent points-of-view,
vivid and symbolic settings, true dialogue, thought-provoking
themes, and believable plots (even when situated in fabulism). A good fiction writer also knows how to use figurative
language, the sound of words, and the rhythm of prose
sentences—techniques that grant prose the musical qualities of poetry. We're looking to include a range of voices and experiences.
For our print issues, we read flash and stories up to 6,000 words. Longer stories should be submitted for our annual Trifecta, not here. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if the story is taken elsewhere the moment that happens.