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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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:

For work printed in our two 2019 issues, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa and Awards 41, we will pay $10/page, with a maximum payment of $200. Visual artists whose work appears internally will also be compensated at a rate of $10 per image used. All contributors will also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears. Work selected for publication through our two annual contests, the Nimrod Literary Awards and the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers, will also receive this payment (though monetary prizes for winners will remain the same: $2,000 and $1,000 for the Literary Awards; $500 for the Francine Ringold Awards).

 

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.

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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.
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