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Iron Horse Review

Literary Magazine





In 1999, Texas Tech University founded Iron Horse Literary Review in order to bring the literary arts to West Texas, which did not have a national print venue for the literary arts.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
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Find more details in the Genres section


Find more details in the Genres section

  • 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

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 5500 words max

Max words: 5500

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

Nonfiction - 5500 words max

Max words: 5500

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 50

3-5 poems

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    • 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.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Author's rights

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

26 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

13 days

Fastest response time

87 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 206 days

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    Themed Issue

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    Editor Leslie Jill Patterson avatar

    Leslie Jill Patterson


    Editor Marcus Burke avatar

    Marcus Burke

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Geffrey Davis avatar

    Geffrey Davis

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Elena Passarello avatar

    Elena Passarello

    Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Maeve Kirk avatar

    Maeve Kirk

    Senior Managing Editor

    Editor Jennessa Hester avatar

    Jennessa Hester

    Managing Editor

    Editor Joshua Luckenbach avatar

    Joshua Luckenbach

    Managing Editor

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    Zachary Ostraff

    Managing Editor