Nimrod International Journal welcomes submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish two issues annually. Our spring issue is thematic, with the theme announced the preceding fall. Previous themes have included Writers of Age; Range of Light: The Americas; Australia; Who We Are; Islands of the Sea and of the Mind; The Arabic Nations; Mexico/USA; and Crossing Borders. The fall issue features the winners and finalists of our annual Literary Awards. In most cases, both issues also contain work accepted as general submissions throughout the year. 

Format:
Each issue is approximately 200 pages, perfect bound with a four-color cover.
 
General Submissions:
Accepted from January 1st to November 30th each year. Nimrod is closed to general submissions in December. Turn-around time for general submissions is one to five months. Online general submissions have a $3 fee associated with them. 
 
Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum. Double-spaced. We seek vigorous writing with characters that are well developed and dialogue that is realistic without being banal. 
 
Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-10 pages. One poem per page. Poetry is open to all styles and subjects. We seek poems that go beyond one word or image, honor the impulse to reveal a truth about, or persuasive version of, the inner and outer worlds. 
 
We recommend reading a sample issue before submitting a manuscript.

Thematic Submissions:
Each fall Nimrod announces a theme for the following spring issue. The guidelines for thematic submissions are the same as for general submissions, except that thematic submissions are sometimes accepted in December. (Very occasionally we may choose a theme from previously accepted manuscripts, and then will not announce one for that year.) Online thematic submissions have a $3 fee associated with them.

For the most up-to-date announcements on themes and other submission information, you can subscribe to our email newsletter or join us on Facebook or Twitter. 

Why is there a $3 fee for online general and thematic submissions?

Our $3 fee is not a reading fee, but a fee to cover the administrative costs associated with our online submission system. We believe that it is not higher than what you might spend on a paper submission, once you factor in paper, ink, mailing and return envelopes, and postage. If you do not wish to pay the $3, you may submit via postal mail, as we have no fees associated with postal general and thematic submissions. However, we also offer this alternative as a way to conveniently upload material directly from your computer, as well as to check the status of your submission online. 
 
Payment:
Nimrod always pays with two contributors’ copies. Winners of the Nimrod Literary Awards receive $2,000 for first prize, $1,000 for second prize, and publication.
 
Nimrod Literary Awards:
Annual contest begins January 1 and ends April 30. 

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

Poetry: 3-10 pages. One long poem or several shorter poems. 
 
No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.  Author's name must not appear on the manuscript.  Include a cover sheet with title, author's name, full address, phone & email. 
 
Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2016 to enter the contest. 
 
All finalists will be considered for publication. In addition to publication and the prize money, winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. 
 
Subscriptions:
$18.50 – one year (outside USA $20.50); $32 – two years (outside USA $36); institution rates: $30 – one year (outside USA $36). 
 
Sample Issues:
$11 each. 

For more information, visit our website or join us on Facebook or Twitter
Ends on October 19, 2017$11.60 - 65.00
$11.60 - 65.00
Online Registration for Nimrod's Conference for Readers and Writers will close at 11:59 p.m. on October 19th. To register after this time, please come to Late Registration at 9:30 a.m. on October 21st.  

I wish to purchase a pass to Nimrod's Conference for Readers and Writers on October 21st, 2017. The Conference will take place at The University of Tulsa's Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave., from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

(Online registration includes a small fee to cover administrative costs. If you do not wish to pay this fee, please print the registration form from our website and mail it to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104.)

Also join us for 
Nimrod Write Night at The Tulsa Garden Center Friday, October 20th, with an Author Reception (light bites and cash bar) from 6:30-7:00 p.m. and an Author Chat and book signing from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Mingle with all our Conference guest authors at our Author Reception and join us for a special Author Chat with poet Jericho Brown, winner of the American Book Award, and fiction writer Laura van den Berg, Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award finalist. The entire evening is free and open to the public. Presented in conjunction with Booksmart Tulsa. The Tulsa Garden Center is located at 2435 S. Peoria Ave. in Tulsa.

Complete Schedule for Saturday, October 21st: 

9:30-10:00 a.m.: Late Registration/Pre-Registered Check In

10:00-10:40 a.m.: PANEL DISCUSSIONS (Concurrent Sessions)*

Digging In: Writing Through the Hard Parts

Jericho Brown, Jessica Cavero, Deborah Crombie, Sasha Martin, Mary Moore, Keija Parssinen, Laura van den Berg

Editing and Publishing: Q&A

Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sandra Hunter, Eilis O’Neal, Alexa Stark, Mark Wagenaar

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon: Morning Masterclasses (Concurrent Sessions)*

Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops I*

Meet one on one with a Nimrod editor who will help you revise your work.  Submit 2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction or nonfiction.  Materials must be uploaded with your registration.  Each one-on-one editing session is 15 minutes long.

Jumpstart Your Engines: Poetry Workshop — Jericho Brown

Sometimes we need a spark to get our poetic imaginations firing. We’ll kindle that spark and generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that will keep our ears open and our fingers moving.

The Blazing Thing: On Imagination in Fiction — Laura van den Berg

Tim O’Brien writes, “In fiction workshops, we tend to focus on matters of verisimilitude largely because such issues are so much easier to talk about than the failure of imagination . . . .” How can we encourage our own imaginations to move in new and unanticipated directions? We’ll engage this difficulty and unveil ways to stretch our imaginations.

Storyboarding Your Mystery Novel — Deborah Crombie

Crime novels tend to have particularly complicated plots and keeping them straight can be challenging. Whether you are a pre-plotter or not, storyboarding is a graphic outlining technique that can help you develop your plot while increasing your understanding of the story’s structure and dynamic tension.

First Time for Everything: Romance and More — Tessa Dare

Romances in fiction are all about the “first times”: first meeting, first kiss, first argument, first confessions of love, to name a few. We’ll share strategies for intensifying the emotion in your manuscripts by setting unique hurdles for your characters—inside the romance genre and outside it.

The Straight Scoop: Querying Literary Agents — Alexa Stark

Querying literary agents can be daunting. What’s a query letter? What’s a synopsis? And how can we write effective ones? We’ll get the straight scoop from literary agent Alexa Stark (Trident Media) and learn how to put our best feet forward when it comes to getting an agent’s attention.    

12:00-1:30 p.m.:  Lunch and 39th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards Ceremony    

1:35-2:50 p.m.: Afternoon Masterclasses (Concurrent Sessions)*

Painting/Tainting the Poem: Reimagining Poems About Art — Mary Moore and Mark Wagenaar

Ekphrastic poems (poems about art) are a time-honored tradition and a great way to hone our descriptive language. We’ll examine ways to ground our poems in figurative language, as well as exploring how this language can sometimes “taint” descriptive poems with meaning.  

The Art of Revision in Fiction — Keija Parssinen

It is only through revision that writing becomes good. We’ll explore revision as re-envisioning, rather than simply an act of cosmetic polishing, and discuss techniques that will allow us to see our work with fresh eyes and to become skillful self-editors.

Writing Dialogue: Shape and Character Revelation — Jessica Cavero and Sandra Hunter

Dialogue has its own shape, and that shape reveals character through the words that people choose, the way that they listen or don’t listen to each other, and more. We’ll look at the way dialogue expands and contracts into different shapes to fit—and reveal—our characters, and how the right dialogue can make them shine.

Worldbuilding: The Pyramid Approach — Tessa Gratton

To create a believable world—in fantasy and science fiction or other genres— we need a pyramid: a strong world base topped by character and then plot. We’ll discuss the “Novel Pyramid” and ways to develop multi-layered, breathing worlds inhabited by complicated, interesting people. 

Bite-Size Memoir — Sasha Martin

The memoirist faces the daunting task of distilling an entire life into digestible form. We’ll look at memoir through the unique lens of food and cooking and discover how the details of a meal reveal character, relationships, social standing, and more—even in a non-food-centric work. 

Novel Pitch Critique Sessions — Alexa Stark

Meet one-on-one with literary agent Alexa Stark for a critique of your novel’s pitch. Prepare a pitch of no more than 1 minute for your novel. Each session is 5 minutes long. Sessions are limited—enroll early to ensure a spot.  

3:00-4:00 p.m.: READINGS & EDITING WORKSHOPS

Invitational Readings

Deborah Crombie, Tessa Dare, Tessa Gratton, Sasha Martin, Keija Parssinen    

Hands-on One-on-One Editing Workshops II*
Meet one on one with a Nimrod editor who will help you revise your work.  Submit 2-3 pages of poetry or 4-5 pages of fiction or nonfiction.  Materials must be uploaded with your registration.   Each one-on-one editing session is 15 minutes long.

*Registrants may attend one morning panel discussion, one morning masterclass, and one afternoon masterclass, as well as the entire reading from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Afternoon one-on-one editing participants may move to and from their sessions to the Invitational Readings as time permits.

The full Saturday conference package includes workshops, panel discussions, readings, lunch, pitch sessions, and one-on-one editing sessions. The lunch menu includes vegetarian options. 

Ends on December 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
Ends on December 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00
  • Up to 7 pages of poetry
  • All poems should be included in a single file, one poem per page
  • Previously unpublished poems only
Ends on December 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
Nimrod International Journal is now selecting flash fiction by Tulsa-area writers for publication in The Tulsa Voice.

**Please note that all submissions in this category must be from writers who either live in the Tulsa area or have a strong emotional ties to Tulsa. If you are not currently living in the Tulsa area, please indicate your connection in your cover letter.**

Submission Guidelines
  • Each piece of fiction may be no more than 500 words long.
  • Writers must be living in Tulsa and the surrounding area or have strong emotional ties to Tulsa to submit.
  • Work submitted must be previously unpublished.
  • Writers may submit up to three flash fiction pieces at a time.
  • Work may be in any style, any genre.
  • Selected work will be published in The Tulsa Voice, with payment of $30 per piece.

Nimrod International Journal is now selecting poetry by Tulsa-area writers for publication in The Tulsa Voice.

**Please note that all submissions in this category must be from writers who either live in the Tulsa area or have a strong emotional ties to Tulsa. If you are not currently living in the Tulsa area, please indicate your connection in your cover letter.**

Submission Guidelines

  • Each piece of poetry may be no more than 40 lines long.
  • Writers must be living in Tulsa and the surrounding area or have strong emotional ties to Tulsa to submit.
  • Work submitted must be previously unpublished.
  • Writers may submit up to three poems at a time.
  • Poetry may be in any style, as long as it does not exceed the 40-line limit.
  • Selected work will be published in The Tulsa Voice, with payment of $30 per piece.

For the past 61 years, Nimrod International Journal has been devoted to the idea that the arts bring us together. They highlight what we have in common, and what we have in common is enhanced by our distinctiveness. The arts are the ultimate big tent. 

Here in Tulsa, we’ve been inspired by a local effort to bring together diverse populations and interests in a new public space, a large riverside park called A Gathering Place. As John Dewey said, “The local is the only universal, upon that all art builds.” This is true not only of art, but also of all human culture. Now more than ever, we need this reminder of the inherent power of the arts to accommodate both diversity and unity—to bring us together while celebrating our differences. 

For our Spring/Summer 2018 issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the ArtsNimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore or demonstrate the idea that the arts are a gathering place for diverse and unique perspectives, and that it is through this uniqueness that we find the universal.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore the idea of the arts—not only writing but all the arts: music, theater, visual arts—as a gathering place for diversity and connection, or that embody this idea. We are open to all interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories.       

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, especially work from writers of color, writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. We hope that you will bring to light areas of diversity and connection that we have not thought of. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.  

We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response. 

The Specifics:

  • Creative nonfiction pieces may be up to 7,500 words.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Creative nonfiction should be double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.  
  • Work may be submitted here, or work may be mailed to Nimrod's main address: Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104. Work submitted by mail does not require the $3 online submission fee. If the online submission fee or the postage to send work by mail will pose a substantial economic burden, writers may seek a waiver of the fee. To seek a waiver, please email us at nimrod@utulsa.edu with your request and reasons for seeking a waiver. 

Deadline: November 5th, 2017

Publication date: April 2018

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their work appears.

Questions?

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

 

 

For the past 61 years, Nimrod International Journal has been devoted to the idea that the arts bring us together. They highlight what we have in common, and what we have in common is enhanced by our distinctiveness. The arts are the ultimate big tent. 

Here in Tulsa, we’ve been inspired by a local effort to bring together diverse populations and interests in a new public space, a large riverside park called A Gathering Place. As John Dewey said, “The local is the only universal, upon that all art builds.” This is true not only of art, but also of all human culture. Now more than ever, we need this reminder of the inherent power of the arts to accommodate both diversity and unity—to bring us together while celebrating our differences. 

For our Spring/Summer 2018 issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the ArtsNimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore or demonstrate the idea that the arts are a gathering place for diverse and unique perspectives, and that it is through this uniqueness that we find the universal.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore the idea of the arts—not only writing but all the arts: music, theater, visual arts—as a gathering place for diversity and connection, or that embody this idea. We are open to all interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories.       

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, especially work from writers of color, writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. We hope that you will bring to light areas of diversity and connection that we have not thought of. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.  

We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response. 

The Specifics:

  • Up to 8 pages of poetry
  • All poems should be included in one document, one poem per page.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work may be submitted here, or work may be mailed to Nimrod's main address: Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104. Work submitted by mail does not require the $3 online submission fee. If the online submission fee or the postage to send work by mail will pose a substantial economic burden, writers may seek a waiver of the fee. To seek a waiver, please email us at nimrod@utulsa.edu with your request and reasons for seeking a waiver. 
Deadline: November 5th, 2017

Publication date: April 2018

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their work appears.

Questions?

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

For the past 61 years, Nimrod International Journal has been devoted to the idea that the arts bring us together. They highlight what we have in common, and what we have in common is enhanced by our distinctiveness. The arts are the ultimate big tent. 

Here in Tulsa, we’ve been inspired by a local effort to bring together diverse populations and interests in a new public space, a large riverside park called A Gathering Place. As John Dewey said, “The local is the only universal, upon that all art builds.” This is true not only of art, but also of all human culture. Now more than ever, we need this reminder of the inherent power of the arts to accommodate both diversity and unity—to bring us together while celebrating our differences. 

For our Spring/Summer 2018 issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the ArtsNimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore or demonstrate the idea that the arts are a gathering place for diverse and unique perspectives, and that it is through this uniqueness that we find the universal.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore the idea of the arts—not only writing but all the arts: music, theater, visual arts—as a gathering place for diversity and connection, or that embody this idea. We are open to all interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories.       

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, especially work from writers of color, writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. We hope that you will bring to light areas of diversity and connection that we have not thought of. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.  

We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response. 

The Specifics:

  • Fiction pieces may be up to 7,500 words.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Fiction should be double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.  
  • Work may be submitted here, or work may be mailed to Nimrod's main address: Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104. Work submitted by mail does not require the $3 online submission fee. If the online submission fee or the postage to send work by mail will pose a substantial economic burden, writers may seek a waiver of the fee. To seek a waiver, please email us at nimrod@utulsa.edu with your request and reasons for seeking a waiver. 

Deadline: November 5th, 2017

Publication date: April 2018

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their work appears.

Questions?

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod