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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-10 pages.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. 

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Ends on December 1, 2017$3.00
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  • 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
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$3.00
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
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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 2017
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • The final judge for 2017 is Laura van den Berg
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 2017 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. 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.
Ends in 4 days, 20 hours $23.00
$23.00
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
  • All finalists and semi-finalists will be considered for publication
  • The final judge for 2017 is Jericho Brown
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 2017 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. 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.