Ends on December 5, 2017

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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.


Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

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