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.

Each issue is approximately 200 pages, perfect bound with a four-color cover. 


General Submissions

Accepted from January 1st to October 1st each year. Nimrod is closed to general submissions in November and 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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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 similar to 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.


We 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 ($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.

Submissions are open internationally.

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 (or, in 2022, will take part in a virtual Awards Ceremony and Reading with our final judges).


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.  

Nimrod 2022 Creative Writing Programming

For over 40 years, Nimrod has hosted an in-person, all-day writing conference in conjunction with the publication of our fall issue. While we will not be hosting this year’s in-person events due to the continuing effects of the pandemic, we’re thrilled to host an extended period of virtual creative writing programming this fall. This year’s programming will feature several months of craft talks, Q&As, readings, and more. We will add more offerings to this schedule as they become available, so keep checking back.

To Register

Please register for all events via our Submittable page. Events range in attendee capacity, so we recommend registering early for our smaller events.

All events will take place via Zoom. Please note that the start times are listed in Central Time.

Events will close to new sign-ups 24 hours before their start times. Please note that all times listed are Central times.


Craft Talks and Q&As

Craft talks and Q&As have a $5 participation fee, which includes a digital copy of our fall issue, Awards 44. Payment is via the registration form on Submittable.


All readings are free and open to the public.

While all readings are free of charge, donations are deeply appreciated and help us offer programs like these. We understand that not all writers can afford to make a donation, and we welcome you to attend whether or not you can donate at this time. But the pandemic has been especially hard on non-profit arts organizations like Nimrod, cutting into our normal revenue streams in many ways, and if you can make a donation, it will make a big difference to our journal operations and to our ability to offer programs like these.  Our suggested donation is $5-$10, but we are grateful for donations of all sizes, larger or smaller. Donations can be made via Submittable when registering for the readings.

Free Sessions for Students Enrolled in Tulsa County Schools
We have a limited number of free participation slots available for students currently enrolled in Tulsa County high schools, community colleges/colleges, and vocational schools. To inquire about these free student slots, email us at Please include your name and the name of your school in your email, along with the name of the session you are interested in attending.


For class descriptions, presenter bios, and maximum number of attendees, please view the individual sessions guidelines below.

Saturday, September 24th, 2:00 p.m., Central Time

The Art of Revision — Lisa Horiuchi

Craft Talk 

Thursday, September 29th, 7:00 p.m., Central Time

Ask Us Anything: Editing and Publishing Q&A — Cassidy McCants, Eilis O’Neal

Q&A Session 

Thursday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m., Central Time

[This session is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email with your name and preferred email.]

Beyond “She Said”: Creating and Improving Dialogue in Fiction — Abigale Mazzo

Craft Talk 

Thursday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m., Central Time

Surprise in Fiction — Christopher Murphy

Craft Talk 

Sunday, October 30th, 2:00 p.m., Central Time

The 2022 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction: A Reading with Toni Jensen, Ellen Rhudy, and Treena Thibodeau

Reading and Author Chat 

Saturday, November 5th, 1:00 p.m., Central Time

The 2022 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry: A Reading with Kaveh Bassiri, Lory Bedikian, and Angela Kirby

Reading and Author Chat

Saturday, November 12th, 2:00 p.m., Central Time

Collaborative Writing: Poetry — Francine Ringold

Craft Talk

Thursday, December 1st, 7:00 p.m., Central Time

BIPOC Women: Claim Your Voice, Empower Your Writing — Jackie Graves, Sandra Hunter (moderator), Marianela Medrano, Yasamin Safarzadeh, Lynne Thompson

Panel Discussion

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Fall 2022 Virtual Creative Writing Programming

Thursday, December 1st, 7:00 p.m., Central Time

BIPOC Women: Claim Your Voice, Empower Your Writing — Jackie Graves, Sandra Hunter (moderator), Marianela Medrano, Yasamin Safarzedeh, and Lynne Thompson

Panel Discussion (Maximum attendees: 50)

Participation Fee: $5, includes a digital copy of Nimrod’s fall issue, Awards 44

Join us for a timely discussion about claiming the power in your voice as a BIPOC woman writer. We’ll talk about ways to claim your voice, empower your writing, and more at this panel discussion. The overturning of Roe v. Wade is destructive for all women, but particularly for those who have few choices, whether geographical, financial, or a combination. Many of those women are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. The way we raise our voices will shape the values of this generation and the next, and it’s vital, now more than ever, for BIPOC women’s voices to be heard.

Jackie Graves is a light-worker, shamanista, priestess, and soul voice activator. She is a writer and an English professor at Laney College.

Sandra Hunter is a certified Life Coach and the owner of Wild Women Leaders of Color, an organization dedicated to allowing BIPOC women to heal through story. She is a member of Nimrod’s Editorial Board and teaches writing at Portland Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon.

Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., LPC, CPT, is a certified poetry therapist and the owner of Palabra Counseling and Training Center. She is also part of the faculty program for the Southwestern College & New Earth Institute mentoring program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Yasamin Safarzedeh is the Program Director at Kimball Jenkins Estate and School of Art, New Hampshire. She is also an artist, advisor, and cross cultural liaison coordinator. She is a tireless advocate for equal rights to historically underserved populations. She coordinates local activities that better neighborhoods using empathetic and equity based approaches.

Lynne Thompson is the 2021-2022 poet laureate for Los Angeles. She trained as a lawyer and is on the board for the Los Angeles Review of Books and Cave Canem.

Order a one- or two-year digital subscription to Nimrod International Journal.

Digital subscriptions will be sent by email as PDFs.

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If you live outside the U.S. and would like to subscribe to Nimrod, please email with your mailing address. We will then send you specific information about the shipping cost for your subscription and a link to subscribe. 

Order a digital sample issue to acquaint yourself with the journal or a specific back issue of interest to you. All digital issues are in PDF format. 

Currently available digital issues:

What Now?: The Future We Make, Vol. 65, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2022

Awards 43, Vol. 65., No 1, Fall/Winter 2021

Endings and Beginnings, Vol 64, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2021

Awards 42, Vol. 64, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2020

Words on Play, Vol. 63, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2020

Awards 41, Vol. 63, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2019

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Vol. 62, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2019

Order sample print issue(s) to acquaint yourself with the journal or specific back issues of interest to you.

Please note that the availability of specific back issues is variable. You may email us at to check the availability of specific back issues, and we recommend doing so for back issues that are more than 5 years old.

Orders requiring international shipping require addition postage fees. If your order would require international shipping, please email us at with your name and full address. We will then respond with the total cost and a link to our international shipping form.

Our Back Issue Grab Bag contains two random back issues of Nimrod for just $2.00 each plus shipping. It's a great way to familiarize yourself with the magazine and see a range of what we've published!

Please note that our most recent issue is not included in the Back Issue Grab Bag. To receive our most recent issue, you must order a single digital or print issue using the appropriate order form.

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