Nimrod Literary Awards Entrants Please Note: The Nimrod Literary Awards have a NEW DEADLINE of April 1st

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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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 2020 issues, Words on Play and Awards 42, 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; front cover artists will be paid $100 for their work. 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 1.

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 31. 


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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Prize Information:

 

  • First Prize: $2,000 and publication; Second Prize: $1,000 and publication
  • In addition to publication and the prize moneys, winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October 2020
  • All finalists and semi-finalists will be considered for publication

 Submission Information:

 

  • 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems) 
  • All poems should be included in a single file, one poem per page 
  • No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Include a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email pasted into the Cover Letter field on the submission form; please 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
  • Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2020 to enter the contest

Each entry requires an entry fee of $20.00, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $3.00 associated with them to cover administrative costs. 

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. The titles for work submitted to the contest will appear as this number on Submittable--please don't be concerned when you see this number instead of your title on your submission list. As long as the title is in the manuscript body, we'll see it.

If you do not wish to pay the $3.00 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $20.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail. 

Requests to revise or edit contest manuscripts after submission will be denied. 

Prize Information:
 

  • First Prize: $2,000 and publication; Second Prize: $1,000 and publication
  • In addition to publication and the prize moneys, winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October 2020
  • All finalists will be considered for publication

 Submission Information:
 

  • 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
  • No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Include a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email pasted into the Cover Letter field on the submission form; please 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
  • Manuscript text should be double-spaced
  • Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2020 to enter the contest

Each entry requires an entry fee of $20.00, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $3.00 associated with them to cover administrative costs. 

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. The titles for work submitted to the contest will appear as this number on Submittable--please don't be concerned when you see this number instead of your title on your submission list. As long as the title is in the manuscript body, we'll see it.

If you do not wish to pay the $3.00 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $20.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail. 

Requests to revise or edit contest manuscripts after submission will be denied.

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

For our Spring/Summer 2021 issue, Endings and Beginnings, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations touching on the subject of beginnings and endings. Endings and beginnings have power—both in a narrative sense and in our day-to-day lives. We mark the beginnings and endings of everything: stages of life, the last lines of poems, our first kisses. Sometimes they offer stark definition, a clear demarcation of then and now. Sometimes—often, in fact—they are connected, with an ending also signaling a beginning or vice versa. And beginnings and endings come in all shapes and sizes, occurring in the most important aspects of our lives, such as birth, death, and marriage, and also in the smaller moments, such as the first bud of spring or the last song on an album. In this issue, we wish to delve into any and all aspects of beginnings and endings and explore the excitement, disappointment, pain, and joy they bring with them. 

What We Are Seeking:

Here are a few examples of what submissions for this issue might look like:

  • Work that features milestones of beginning: birth, marriage, first day of school, first road trip, new jobs, new homes or homelands, origin stories, planting a garden, and more.
  • Work that features milestones of ending: death, graduation, leaving home, estate sales, extinction, apocalypse and its aftermath, and more.
  • Work that explores the way that endings and beginnings may be intertwined and/or inseparable (example: the chimes that bridge the old year and the new year; divorce as the end of a relationship and the possibility of a new one). 
  • Work that features more abstract ideas of beginnings and endings (examples: the first and last letters of alphabets; reworking/reimagining of the beginnings or endings of myths and fairy tales; the last bite of a delicious dessert).
  • Work that plays with beginnings and endings using rhetorical form, such as sestinas or palindromes.
  • Work that examines, meditates on, or engages with any aspect of beginnings or endings in unexpected and unique ways.

This list is just a start; we hope you will surprise us with additional ideas about endings and beginnings we have not thought of. 

We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We hope to receive a variety of material for this issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories; we especially welcome 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. 

The Specifics: 

  • Poetry may be up to 7 pages.
  • All work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Work not originally in English must be translated into English. For work in translation, authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint any material under copyright that exceeds the guidelines of fair use or does not have a Creative Commons license.
  • Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only, no more than one poem per page.  
  • For those submitting online: A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions. 
  • 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.
  • Submissions may also be made by mail to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2021 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free. 

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2020

Publication date: April 2021

Payment: $10/printed page with a $200 maximum

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 https://nimrod.utulsa.edu

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGSFor our Spring/Summer 2021 issue, Endings and Beginnings, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations touching on the subject of beginnings and endings. Endings and beginnings have power—both in a narrative sense and in our day-to-day lives. We mark the beginnings and endings of everything: stages of life, the last lines of poems, our first kisses. Sometimes they offer stark definition, a clear demarcation of then and now. Sometimes—often, in fact—they are connected, with an ending also signaling a beginning or vice versa. And beginnings and endings come in all shapes and sizes, occurring in the most important aspects of our lives, such as birth, death, and marriage, and also in the smaller moments, such as the first bud of spring or the last song on an album. In this issue, we wish to delve into any and all aspects of beginnings and endings and explore the excitement, disappointment, pain, and joy they bring with them. 

What We Are Seeking:

Here are a few examples of what submissions for this issue might look like:

  • Work that features milestones of beginning: birth, marriage, first day of school, first road trip, new jobs, new homes or homelands, origin stories, planting a garden, and more.
  • Work that features milestones of ending: death, graduation, leaving home, estate sales, extinction, apocalypse and its aftermath, and more.
  • Work that explores the way that endings and beginnings may be intertwined and/or inseparable (example: the chimes that bridge the old year and the new year; divorce as the end of a relationship and the possibility of a new one). 
  • Work that features more abstract ideas of beginnings and endings (examples: the first and last letters of alphabets; reworking/reimagining of the beginnings or endings of myths and fairy tales; the last bite of a delicious dessert).
  • Work that plays with beginnings and endings using rhetorical form, such as sestinas or palindromes.
  • Work that examines, meditates on, or engages with any aspect of beginnings or endings in unexpected and unique ways.

This list is just a start; we hope you will surprise us with additional ideas about endings and beginnings we have not thought of. We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We hope to receive a variety of material for this issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories; we especially welcome 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.  


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. For work in translation, authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint any material under copyright that exceeds the guidelines of fair use or does not have a Creative Commons license.
  • Prose should be typed, double-spaced, one side of plain white paper only.  
  • For those submitting online: A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions. 
  • 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.
  • Submissions may also be made by mail to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2021 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free. 

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2020

Publication date: April 2021

Payment: $10/printed page with a $200 maximum

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 https://nimrod.utulsa.edu

EN DINGS AND BEGINNINGSFor our Spring/Summer 2021 issue, Endings and Beginnings, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations touching on the subject of beginnings and endings. Endings and beginnings have power—both in a narrative sense and in our day-to-day lives. We mark the beginnings and endings of everything: stages of life, the last lines of poems, our first kisses. Sometimes they offer stark definition, a clear demarcation of then and now. Sometimes—often, in fact—they are connected, with an ending also signaling a beginning or vice versa. And beginnings and endings come in all shapes and sizes, occurring in the most important aspects of our lives, such as birth, death, and marriage, and also in the smaller moments, such as the first bud of spring or the last song on an album. In this issue, we wish to delve into any and all aspects of beginnings and endings and explore the excitement, disappointment, pain, and joy they bring with them. 

What We Are Seeking:

Here are a few examples of what submissions for this issue might look like:

  • Work that features milestones of beginning: birth, marriage, first day of school, first road trip, new jobs, new homes or homelands, origin stories, planting a garden, and more.
  • Work that features milestones of ending: death, graduation, leaving home, estate sales, extinction, apocalypse and its aftermath, and more.
  • Work that explores the way that endings and beginnings may be intertwined and/or inseparable (example: the chimes that bridge the old year and the new year; divorce as the end of a relationship and the possibility of a new one). 
  • Work that features more abstract ideas of beginnings and endings (examples: the first and last letters of alphabets; reworking/reimagining of the beginnings or endings of myths and fairy tales; the last bite of a delicious dessert).
  • Work that plays with beginnings and endings using rhetorical form, such as sestinas or palindromes.
  • Work that examines, meditates on, or engages with any aspect of beginnings or endings in unexpected and unique ways.

This list is just a start; we hope you will surprise us with additional ideas about endings and beginnings we have not thought of. We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We hope to receive a variety of material for this issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories; we especially welcome 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.  

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. For work in translation, authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint any material under copyright that exceeds the guidelines of fair use or does not have a Creative Commons license.
  • Prose should be typed, double-spaced, one side of plain white paper only.  
  • For those submitting online: A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions. 
  • 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.
  • Submissions may also be made by mail to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2021 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free. 

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2020

Publication date: April 2021

Payment: $10/printed page with a $200 maximum

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 https://nimrod.utulsa.edu

  • 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
  • For general submissions, please include your name in the body of your manuscript
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • For general submissions, please include your name in the body of your manuscript
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • For general submissions, please include your name in the body of the manuscript

Nimrod International Journal is now selecting poetry by Tulsa-area writers for publication in The Voice, TulsaPeople’s arts/entertainment and culture section. Publication pays $30 and may appear online and/or in print.

**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.

Nimrod International Journal is now selecting poetry by Tulsa-area writers for publication in The Voice, TulsaPeople’s arts/entertainment and culture section. Publication pays $30 and may appear online and/or in print.

**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.
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