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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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 2020 issues, Words on Play and Awards 42, 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; 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 (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 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.

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 (or, in 2021, 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.

 

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.

For more information, visit our website or join us on Facebook or Twitter

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

Digital subscriptions will be sent by email as PDFs.

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

If you live outside the U.S. and would like to subscribe to Nimrod, please email nimrod@utulsa.edu 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:

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 a sample print issue to acquaint yourself with the journal or a specific back issue of interest to you.

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.)

  • 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 an added fee of $1.70 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.)

  • 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 an added fee of $1.70 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.

WHAT NOW: THE FUTURE WE MAKE

For our Spring/Summer 2022 issue, What Now?: The Future We Make, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations on the subject of the future we make.

We’ve heard it so often over the last year: We live in unprecedented times. As we write this call for submissions, the world is grappling with the worst pandemic in modern history, urgent calls for racial justice, and challenges to all aspects of the ways we've lived. In this time of deep change, the question that arises over and over again is: “What now?”

What is also unprecedented is that we have a rare opportunity to pause and question the often unexamined assumptions about the world as it is and as it could be. What do we keep from the past that worked? What do we jettison? What do we enlarge and embrace? The drastic changes to our individual and collective lives call on us to reimagine the future we want. That future is in our hands—our future is the future we make.

We won’t find all the answers here—in fact, we will probably find more questions than answers—but as marine biologist and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson writes, “The more we can envision a world we want to live in, the more we will be inspired to move toward it.” In this issue, we wish to move toward that world and explore its possibilities together.

What We Are Seeking:

We’re looking for work that examines both micro and macro versions of the future: our futures on individual, relationship, or family levels as well as our social, national, and worldwide future. Here are a few examples of what submissions for this issue might look like:

  • Work about changing expectations, from our relationships to our home lives to our occupations to our larger communities
  • Work that deals with personal and community trauma—not only how we survive it, but how we surface after disaster, how we find the will and courage to continue
  • Work about the environment, climate change, and sustainability
  • Work in speculative genres (such as Afrofuturism) actively engaging with future possibilities, both bleak and hopeful
  • Work that creates new myths, that reimagines old stories in ways that lead to new and different outcomes
  • Work that explores the range and variety of the “we” in the “the future we make”
  • Work that projects inclusion, equity, openness, and joy
  • Work that explores, meditates on, or engages with any aspect of making the future we want, in unexpected and unique ways.

This list is just to get your ideas flowing; we hope you'll surprise us with additional ideas we haven't thought of about making the future we want.

We're excited about this issue, so please send your work and share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We hope to receive a variety of material for the issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories; we especially welcome work from writers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, writers of all sexual orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences.

The Specifics:

  • Fiction may be up to 7,500 words.
  • 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.
  • Submissions may also be made by mail to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2022 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • 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.

Manuscripts will be accepted beginning June 1, 2021.

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2021

Publication date: Spring 2022

Payment: $10/printed page with a $200 maximum.

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Questions: 

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/nimrod/.

WHAT NOW: THE FUTURE WE MAKE

For our Spring/Summer 2022 issue, What Now?: The Future We Make, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations on the subject of the future we make.

We’ve heard it so often over the last year: We live in unprecedented times. As we write this call for submissions, the world is grappling with the worst pandemic in modern history, urgent calls for racial justice, and challenges to all aspects of the ways we've lived. In this time of deep change, the question that arises over and over again is: “What now?”

What is also unprecedented is that we have a rare opportunity to pause and question the often unexamined assumptions about the world as it is and as it could be. What do we keep from the past that worked? What do we jettison? What do we enlarge and embrace? The drastic changes to our individual and collective lives call on us to reimagine the future we want. That future is in our hands—our future is the future we make.

We won’t find all the answers here—in fact, we will probably find more questions than answers—but as marine biologist and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson writes, “The more we can envision a world we want to live in, the more we will be inspired to move toward it.” In this issue, we wish to move toward that world and explore its possibilities together.

What We Are Seeking:

We’re looking for work that examines both micro and macro versions of the future: our futures on individual, relationship, or family levels as well as our social, national, and worldwide future. Here are a few examples of what submissions for this issue might look like:

  • Work about changing expectations, from our relationships to our home lives to our occupations to our larger communities
  • Work that deals with personal and community trauma—not only how we survive it, but how we surface after disaster, how we find the will and courage to continue
  • Work about the environment, climate change, and sustainability
  • Work in speculative genres (such as Afrofuturism) actively engaging with future possibilities, both bleak and hopeful
  • Work that creates new myths, that reimagines old stories in ways that lead to new and different outcomes
  • Work that explores the range and variety of the “we” in the “the future we make”
  • Work that projects inclusion, equity, openness, and joy
  • Work that explores, meditates on, or engages with any aspect of making the future we want, in unexpected and unique ways.

This list is just to get your ideas flowing; we hope you'll surprise us with additional ideas we haven't thought of about making the future we want.

We're excited about this issue, so please send your work and share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We hope to receive a variety of material for the issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories; we especially welcome work from writers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, writers of all sexual orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences.

The Specifics:

  • Poetry may be up to 7 pages. No more than one poem per page.
  • 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.
  • Submissions may also be made by mail to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2022 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • 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.

Manuscripts will be accepted beginning June 1, 2021.

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2021

Publication date: Spring 2022

Payment: $10/printed page with a $200 maximum.

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Questions: 

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/nimrod/.

WHAT NOW: THE FUTURE WE MAKE

For our Spring/Summer 2022 issue, What Now?: The Future We Make, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations on the subject of the future we make.

We’ve heard it so often over the last year: We live in unprecedented times. As we write this call for submissions, the world is grappling with the worst pandemic in modern history, urgent calls for racial justice, and challenges to all aspects of the ways we've lived. In this time of deep change, the question that arises over and over again is: “What now?”

What is also unprecedented is that we have a rare opportunity to pause and question the often unexamined assumptions about the world as it is and as it could be. What do we keep from the past that worked? What do we jettison? What do we enlarge and embrace? The drastic changes to our individual and collective lives call on us to reimagine the future we want. That future is in our hands—our future is the future we make.

We won’t find all the answers here—in fact, we will probably find more questions than answers—but as marine biologist and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson writes, “The more we can envision a world we want to live in, the more we will be inspired to move toward it.” In this issue, we wish to move toward that world and explore its possibilities together.

What We Are Seeking:

We’re looking for work that examines both micro and macro versions of the future: our futures on individual, relationship, or family levels as well as our social, national, and worldwide future. Here are a few examples of what submissions for this issue might look like:

  • Work about changing expectations, from our relationships to our home lives to our occupations to our larger communities
  • Work that deals with personal and community trauma—not only how we survive it, but how we surface after disaster, how we find the will and courage to continue
  • Work about the environment, climate change, and sustainability
  • Work in speculative genres (such as Afrofuturism) actively engaging with future possibilities, both bleak and hopeful
  • Work that creates new myths, that reimagines old stories in ways that lead to new and different outcomes
  • Work that explores the range and variety of the “we” in the “the future we make”
  • Work that projects inclusion, equity, openness, and joy
  • Work that explores, meditates on, or engages with any aspect of making the future we want, in unexpected and unique ways.

This list is just to get your ideas flowing; we hope you'll surprise us with additional ideas we haven't thought of about making the future we want.

We're excited about this issue, so please send your work and share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We hope to receive a variety of material for the issue, with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories; we especially welcome work from writers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, writers of all sexual orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences.

The Specifics:

  • Creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words.
  • 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.
  • Submissions may also be made by mail to Nimrod, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2022 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • 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.

Manuscripts will be accepted beginning June 1, 2021.

Postmark deadline: November 1, 2021

Publication date: Spring 2022

Payment: $10/printed page with a $200 maximum.

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Questions: 

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/nimrod/.

  • 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
  • For general submissions, please include your name in the body of your manuscript
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • For general submissions, please include your name in the body of your manuscript
  • 7,500 words maximum
  • Stories should be double-spaced
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • For general submissions, please include your name in the body of the manuscript
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