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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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

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  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
Ends on December 1, 2017$3.00
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  • 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.

The deadline for submissions for Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts has been EXTENDED to December 5th, 2017. 

Also, please note our clarification of the kind of material we are seeking for this theme, as there are two options. 1) Work may be on the subject of diversity within any of the arts. 2) Work may also be by writers from diverse backgrounds on any subject, as writing itself is Nimrod's particular art form and the place that we are "gathering" for this issue. Further details can be found in the third paragraph of the call for submissions below. 

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 Arts, Nimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore 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. Since writing itself is an art and Nimrod’s specific gathering place, we also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects—and we leave these up to you.

And while this issue will be a celebration of the arts at their best, we also recognize that, historically, the arts have not always been as inclusive as they might have been and that, even now, we still have work to do. Thus, we also invite writing that addresses and confronts the times when the arts have not been as diverse as they could be—including the present.

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 also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects. 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: December 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.

 

 

The deadline for submissions for Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts has been EXTENDED to December 5th, 2017. 

Also, please note our clarification of the kind of material we are seeking for this theme, as there are two options. 1) Work may be on the subject of diversity within any of the arts. 2) Work may also be by writers from diverse backgrounds on any subject, as writing itself is Nimrod's particular art form and the place that we are "gathering" for this issue. Further details can be found in the third paragraph of the call for submissions below. 

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 Arts, Nimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore 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. Since writing itself is an art and Nimrod’s specific gathering place, we also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects—and we leave these up to you.

And while this issue will be a celebration of the arts at their best, we also recognize that, historically, the arts have not always been as inclusive as they might have been and that, even now, we still have work to do. Thus, we also invite writing that addresses and confronts the times when the arts have not been as diverse as they could be—including the present.

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 also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects. 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: December 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.

The deadline for submissions for Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts has been EXTENDED to December 5th, 2017. 

Also, please note our clarification of the kind of material we are seeking for this theme, as there are two options. 1) Work may be on the subject of diversity within any of the arts. 2) Work may also be by writers from diverse backgrounds on any subject, as writing itself is Nimrod's particular art form and the place that we are "gathering" for this issue. Further details can be found in the third paragraph of the call for submissions below. 

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 Arts, Nimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore 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. Since writing itself is an art and Nimrod’s specific gathering place, we also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects—and we leave these up to you.

And while this issue will be a celebration of the arts at their best, we also recognize that, historically, the arts have not always been as inclusive as they might have been and that, even now, we still have work to do. Thus, we also invite writing that addresses and confronts the times when the arts have not been as diverse as they could be—including the present.

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 also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects. 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: December 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