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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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, 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 the contest year to enter. 
 
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. 

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers:
Annual contest begins May 1 and ends July 15. 

Eligibility: The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. They are open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications. (Self-published works, works with a distribution of less than 100 copies, and journalistic articles are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)
 
Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication. 
 
Contest Rules

Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

Poetry: Up to 5 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. 
The Francine Ringold Awards are open internationally.
 
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

This is our tip jar. Like so many journals, Nimrod relies on donations to support the magazine: its production, its programs, its staff, and its outreach. If you support what we do—if you want us to continue to be able to print and promote the work of writers like you—please make a donation. Every dollar helps, and every dollar goes directly into our programs, which include not only producing the magazine but also offering opportunities and programs for writers to improve their craft. 

As a thank you to you for leaving us a tip, we'll enter your name into a drawing for a free manuscript critique by a member of our editorial staff. Manuscripts may consist of up to 5 pages of poetry or up to 6,000 words of fiction/creative nonfiction. You get one entry into the hat for every dollar you donate—and we'll pull a random name at the end of the month!

 If you are the winner, we'll contact you after the end of the month to notify you and arrange for receipt of your manuscript for critique. 

*Please note that material receiving a Tip Jar drawing critique may not be submitted to any Nimrod contests in any form.


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The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.

Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.

Contest Rules

Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of fewer than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)

  • Poetry: Up to five pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
  • All work submitted must be unpublished
  • In the Cover Letter field on the submission form, paste a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email; do not include this in the manuscript document and do not include the author's name as part of the uploaded submission file's name
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Work submitted may be on any theme, any subject
  • The contest is open internationally

Entry Fee: Each entry requires an entry fee of $12.00, which includes a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $1.70 associated with them to cover administrative costs. If you do not wish to pay the $1.70 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $12.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own fee.

Note that all contest submissions will be logged on Submittable with numeric titles in order to maintain anonymity; please be sure the title of the work appears on the manuscript. Requests to revise or edit contest manuscripts after submission will be denied.

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.

Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.

Contest Rules

Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of fewer than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)

  • Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
  • All work submitted must be unpublished
  • In the Cover Letter field on the submission form, paste a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email; do not include this in the manuscript document and do not include the author's name as part of the uploaded submission file's name
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Manuscript text should be double-spaced
  • Work submitted may be on any theme, any subject
  • The contest is open internationally

Entry Fee: Each entry requires an entry fee of $12.00, which includes a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $1.70 associated with them to cover administrative costs. If you do not wish to pay the $1.70 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $12.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own fee.

Note that all contest submissions will be logged on Submittable with numeric titles in order to maintain anonymity; please be sure the title of the work appears on the manuscript. Requests to revise or edit contest manuscripts after submission will be denied.

Ends on December 1, 2018$3.00
$3.00
  • Up to 7 pages of poetry
  • All poems should be included in a single file, no more than one poem per page
  • Previously unpublished poems only
Ends on December 1, 2018$3.00
$3.00
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
VOICES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

For our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage. 

With this issue, we seek to celebrate writers and writing from this region, to highlight the diverse cultures and people within it, and to enrich and add complexity to the representation and understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. It is often spoken of as if it were one homogeneous swath of the globe, and indeed, less than 1% of Arabic and Persian literature is translated into English, further adding to this perceived sameness. But it is in fact a collection of countries straddling three continents, all with diverse cultures and histories, with similarities and distinct differences—and it is this richness and diversity of thought and culture that we wish to call attention to in this issue. We hope to include work by writers in as many of the groups within the region as possible: work by writers who identify as Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and more; work translated from Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Berber, and more; and work from writers of the many faiths practiced in the region, as well as those who follow no particular faith.  

What We Are Seeking:
 
We invite poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa (sometimes known as MENA or WANA for short), including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage (Middle Eastern-Americans, North African-Canadians, etc.).
 
Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about, for example, the idea of the Middle East and/or North Africa as a region; the individual countries and groups within the region; what it means to say “the Middle East”; issues of colonialism in the region; writers’ personal heritage; the work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, and we welcome writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. 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: 

  • Poetry submissions may be up to 7 pages.
  • All work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Work not originally in English must be translated into English, with permissions included when appropriate.
Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2018.

Postmark deadline: November 5th, 2018

Publication date: April 2019

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. 

You may also send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Postal manuscripts are free and have no fee associated with them. 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. 

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit our website

VOICES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

For our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage. 

With this issue, we seek to celebrate writers and writing from this region, to highlight the diverse cultures and people within it, and to enrich and add complexity to the representation and understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. It is often spoken of as if it were one homogeneous swath of the globe, and indeed, less than 1% of Arabic and Persian literature is translated into English, further adding to this perceived sameness. But it is in fact a collection of countries straddling three continents, all with diverse cultures and histories, with similarities and distinct differences—and it is this richness and diversity of thought and culture that we wish to call attention to in this issue. We hope to include work by writers in as many of the groups within the region as possible: work by writers who identify as Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and more; work translated from Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Berber, and more; and work from writers of the many faiths practiced in the region, as well as those who follow no particular faith.  

What We Are Seeking:
 
We invite poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa (sometimes known as MENA or WANA for short), including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage (Middle Eastern-Americans, North African-Canadians, etc.).
 
Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about, for example, the idea of the Middle East and/or North Africa as a region; the individual countries and groups within the region; what it means to say “the Middle East”; issues of colonialism in the region; writers’ personal heritage; the work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, and we welcome writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. 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 may be up to 7,500 words.
  • All work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Work not originally in English must be translated into English, with permissions included when appropriate.
  • Fiction should be double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.
Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2018.

Postmark deadline: November 5th, 2018

Publication date: April 2019

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. 

You may also send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Postal manuscripts are free and have no fee associated with them. 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. 

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit our website

VOICES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

For our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage. 

With this issue, we seek to celebrate writers and writing from this region, to highlight the diverse cultures and people within it, and to enrich and add complexity to the representation and understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. It is often spoken of as if it were one homogeneous swath of the globe, and indeed, less than 1% of Arabic and Persian literature is translated into English, further adding to this perceived sameness. But it is in fact a collection of countries straddling three continents, all with diverse cultures and histories, with similarities and distinct differences—and it is this richness and diversity of thought and culture that we wish to call attention to in this issue. We hope to include work by writers in as many of the groups within the region as possible: work by writers who identify as Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and more; work translated from Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Berber, and more; and work from writers of the many faiths practiced in the region, as well as those who follow no particular faith.  

What We Are Seeking:
 
We invite poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa (sometimes known as MENA or WANA for short), including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage (Middle Eastern-Americans, North African-Canadians, etc.).
 
Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about, for example, the idea of the Middle East and/or North Africa as a region; the individual countries and groups within the region; what it means to say “the Middle East”; issues of colonialism in the region; writers’ personal heritage; the work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, and we welcome writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. 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 may be up to 7,500 words.
  • All work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Work not originally in English must be translated into English, with permissions included  when appropriate.
  • Creative nonfiction should be double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.
 
Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2018.

Postmark deadline: November 5th, 2018

Publication date: April 2019

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. 

You may also send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Postal manuscripts are free and have no fee associated with them. 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. 

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit our website

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.
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.