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Iron City Magazine

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction





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An online and print journal devoted entirely to writing and art by and for the incarcerated.

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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    Two contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

short stories are preferred, but stand-alone chapters from longer works are considered. Up to 30 handwritten pages or 15 typed pages (4,000 words) TOTAL.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

Up to 30 handwritten pages or 15 typed pages (4,000 words) TOTAL.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 3

Any true story is considered, but memoir (distinct personal episodes or memories) and personal essays are preferred ● Brief opinion pieces and argumentative essays are rarely considered ● Submissions must be factual and creative (use descriptive details [imagery], paint scenes, provide action, etc.) Up to 30 handwritten pages or 15 typed pages (4,000 words) TOTAL.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Up to 30 handwritten pages or 15 typed pages (4,000 words) TOTAL.


Max pieces: 5

1 to 5 poems, not to exceed 10 pages TOTAL. All types of poetry.


Physical (mail-in) and digital artwork.


Max pieces: 2

One-Act Plays Each play may be up to 30 handwritten pages or 15 typed pages.


Both color and black-and-white graphics and cartoons/comics are considered Submit up to 2 graphic stories (maximum of 15 pages each) and/or 3 one-page cartoons/comics. Please bear in mind that our printed magazine page size is only 8.5 inches in height by 5.5 inches in width. Stories may be fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir. Please specify which on the first page of the consent form.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please include the cover sheet with all your work. Work without the cover sheet will not be considered. Disclaimer Regarding Editorial Process Minor edits to spelling, punctuation, or grammar may be needed. Because communication with prisoners is slow, these edits may be made without consulting the authors. Consent to these edits is voluntary, but not consenting may limit chances of acceptance for publication. Please state on the submission cover sheet whether you do or do not consent to such changes

  • Eligibility

    Creators from a specific location / ethnic group

  • Formatting

    TEXT Please make handwriting legible. Capital and lowercase letters, punctuation, line breaks, and paragraph/stanza spacing must be distinct. (Please DO NOT submit work in ALL CAPS) ART Quality images (300+ DPI) in JPEG, PNG, or PDF formats are preferred over the original art, but we will still accept original pieces and attempt to return them as feasible.

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Who Can Submit and What Can Be Submitted ● current/former prisoners: any topic ● current/former prison volunteers: ONLY topics related to mass incarceration ● family/friends of current/former prisoners: ONLY topics related to mass incarceration ● current/former prison staff: ONLY topics related to mass incarceration We DO NOT CONSIDER book-length works or pieces that include: ● names or other identifying information of any actual persons who are victims to or guilty of a crime, apart from the author ● nudity or graphically depicted violence ● detailed discussion of drug use

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Iron City Magazine is an online and print magazine devoted to writing and art from the prison world. It is our hope that through this creative platform, incarcerated writers and artists find value in their stories, fuel for personal growth, and pride in their accomplishments. Prisoners are, first an...

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    Natalie Volin


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