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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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

For our Spring/Summer 2020 issue, Words on Play, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations that explore the theme of play. 

We love to play, from babies playing peek-a-boo with their parents to adults playing cards to senior citizens enjoying a puzzle. We play board games, word games, sports of all kinds; we create imaginary worlds to play in as children (and sometimes as grown-ups), cosplay as characters from books or movies, spend real money on virtual swords and spells. We play to relax, and we play to deal with the stresses that life inevitably brings. We play because we like to have fun, but we also play because it’s something we need to do (indeed, science increasingly tells us that free play is one of the most vital activities in which children engage). We need to play in order to live our best lives, and it is through play that we sometimes do our best work. Play is, quite simply, important, and in this issue, we wish to celebrate and explore play in all its forms and in ways that show us at our most human.


What We Are Seeking:

Here are a few examples of what work submitted for this issue might look like.

  • Work that features word play in all its forms, from puns to rhymes. (Note that we’re most drawn to work that features playful yet sophisticated word play, work that has layers to it.)
  • Work that features games: board games, sports, video and computer games, role-playing games, and more.
  • Work that “plays with” poetic form, i.e., work that bends or otherwise explores sestinas, tankas, sonnets, ghazals, etc. 
  • Work that features dances, carnivals, music jams, theatrical plays, circuses, or other playful spaces and activities.
  • Work that confronts and explores serious issues and situations, but through a lens that involves play in one way or another.
  • Work that is simply, inherently, playful.

This list is just a start; we hope that you will bring to light additional ideas about play that 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 large variety of material for this issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories, and 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. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.


The Specifics: 

  • Poetry submissions 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.

Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2019.

Postmark deadline: September 30th, 2019

Publication date: April 2020


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.

You may also send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104


Postal manuscripts are free and have no fee associated with them. 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. 


Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit our website

WORDS ON PLAY


For our Spring/Summer 2020 issue, Words on Play, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations that explore the theme of play. 


We love to play, from babies playing peek-a-boo with their parents to adults playing cards to senior citizens enjoying a puzzle. We play board games, word games, sports of all kinds; we create imaginary worlds to play in as children (and sometimes as grown-ups), cosplay as characters from books or movies, spend real money on virtual swords and spells. We play to relax, and we play to deal with the stresses that life inevitably brings. We play because we like to have fun, but we also play because it’s something we need to do (indeed, science increasingly tells us that free play is one of the most vital activities in which children engage). We need to play in order to live our best lives, and it is through play that we sometimes do our best work. Play is, quite simply, important, and in this issue, we wish to celebrate and explore play in all its forms and in ways that show us at our most human.

What We Are Seeking:
Here are a few examples of what work submitted for this issue might look like.
 

  • Work that features word play in all its forms, from puns to rhymes. (Note that we’re most drawn to work that features playful yet sophisticated word play, work that has layers to it.)
  • Work that features games: board games, sports, video and computer games, role-playing games, and more.
  • Work that “plays with” poetic form, i.e., work that bends or otherwise explores sestinas, tankas, sonnets, ghazals, etc. 
  • Work that features dances, carnivals, music jams, theatrical plays, circuses, or other playful spaces and activities.
  • Work that confronts and explores serious issues and situations, but through a lens that involves play in one way or another.
  • Work that is simply, inherently, playful.


This list is just a start; we hope that you will bring to light additional ideas about play that 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 large variety of material for this issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories, and 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. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

The Specifics: 

  • Poetry submissions 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.

 Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2019.

Postmark deadline: September 30th, 2019

Publication date: April 2020

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.

You may also send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104

Postal manuscripts are free and have no fee associated with them. 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.

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit our website

WORDS ON PLAY

For our Spring/Summer 2020 issue, Words on Play, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations that explore the theme of play.

We love to play, from babies playing peek-a-boo with their parents to adults playing cards to senior citizens enjoying a puzzle. We play board games, word games, sports of all kinds; we create imaginary worlds to play in as children (and sometimes as grown-ups), cosplay as characters from books or movies, spend real money on virtual swords and spells. We play to relax, and we play to deal with the stresses that life inevitably brings. We play because we like to have fun, but we also play because it’s something we need to do (indeed, science increasingly tells us that free play is one of the most vital activities in which children engage). We need to play in order to live our best lives, and it is through play that we sometimes do our best work. Play is, quite simply, important, and in this issue, we wish to celebrate and explore play in all its forms and in ways that show us at our most human.

What We Are Seeking:


Here are a few examples of what work submitted for this issue might look like.
 

  • Work that features word play in all its forms, from puns to rhymes. (Note that we’re most drawn to work that features playful yet sophisticated word play, work that has layers to it.)
  • Work that features games: board games, sports, video and computer games, role-playing games, and more.
  • Work that “plays with” poetic form, i.e., work that bends or otherwise explores sestinas, tankas, sonnets, ghazals, etc. 
  • Work that features dances, carnivals, music jams, theatrical plays, circuses, or other playful spaces and activities.
  • Work that confronts and explores serious issues and situations, but through a lens that involves play in one way or another.
  • Work that is simply, inherently, playful.


This list is just a start; we hope that you will bring to light additional ideas about play that 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 large variety of material for this issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories, and 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. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

The Specifics: 

  • Poetry submissions 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.


Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2019.

Postmark deadline: September 30th, 2019
 

Publication date: April 2020

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.

You may also send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104

Postal manuscripts are free and have no fee associated with them. 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.

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit our website

Ends on November 30, 2019$3.00
$3.00
  • 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
Ends on November 30, 2019$3.00
$3.00
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only

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.

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.


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
Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of fewer than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)

  • Poetry: Up to five pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
  • All work submitted must be unpublished
  • In the Cover Letter field on the submission form, paste a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email; 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
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Work submitted may be on any theme, any subject
  • The contest is open internationally

Entry Fee: Each entry requires an entry fee of $12.00, which includes a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $1.70 associated with them to cover administrative costs. If you do not wish to pay the $1.70 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $12.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own fee.

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

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.

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
Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of fewer than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)
 

  • Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
  • All work submitted must be unpublished
  • In the Cover Letter field on the submission form, paste a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email; 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
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Manuscript text should be double-spaced
  • Work submitted may be on any theme, any subject
  • The contest is open internationally

Entry Fee: Each entry requires an entry fee of $12.00, which includes a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $1.70 associated with them to cover administrative costs. If you do not wish to pay the $1.70 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $12.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own fee.

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

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