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 or demonstrate 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.
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 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.
- Creative nonfiction pieces may be up to 7,500 words.
- All work must
be previously unpublished.
- Creative nonfiction should
be double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your
request and reasons for seeking a waiver.
Publication date: April
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.
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