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:

[PLEASE NOTE: We have postponed the opening of General Submissions for 2021 as we work through a pandemic-caused backlog of 2020 manuscripts. We don’t have a firm date for opening General Submissions yet, but we will do so as soon as possible. Submissions for the 2021 Literary Awards ARE currently open. For the most up-to-date information, please check our Facebook and Twitter pages.]

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Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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

 

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

Annual contest begins May 1 and ends July 15. 

UPDATE: We have extended the 2020 Francine Ringold Awards submission deadline to August 15, 2020!


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

Digital subscriptions will be sent by email as PDFs.

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.

Prize Information: 

  • First Prize: $2,000 and publication; Second Prize: $1,000 and publication
  • In addition to publication and the prize moneys, winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October 2021 if global health circumstances allow. If not, winners will participate in a virtual Awards Ceremony.
  • All finalists and semi-finalists will be considered for publication
  • Geffrey Davis will serve as the 2021 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry's final judge


Submission Information:

  • 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems) 
  • All poems should be included in a single file, one poem per page 
  • No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Include the title(s) of the work within the manuscript
  • Include a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email pasted into the Cover Letter field on the submission form; please 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
  • Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2021 to enter the contest


Each entry requires an entry fee of $20.00, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $3.00 associated with them to cover administrative costs.

Please note that the titles for work submitted to the contest will appear as this number on Submittable in order to maintain our blind judging process. Please don't be concerned when you see this number instead of your title on your submission list. As long as the title is in the manuscript body, we'll see it.

If you do not wish to pay the $3.00 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $20.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail.

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

Prize Information: 

  • First Prize: $2,000 and publication; Second Prize: $1,000 and publication
  • In addition to publication and the prize moneys, winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October 2021 if global health circumstances allow. If not, winners will participate in a virtual Awards Ceremony.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Rilla Askew will serve as the 2021 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction final judge


Submission Information:

  • 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
  • No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere
  • Author's name must not appear on the manuscript
  • Include a cover sheet containing the title, author's name, full address, phone, and email pasted into the Cover Letter field on the submission form; please 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
  • Manuscript text should be double-spaced
  • Include the title of the work within the manuscript
  • Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2021 to enter the contest


Each entry requires an entry fee of $20.00, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. Online submissions have a fee of $3.00 associated with them to cover administrative costs.

Please note that the titles for work submitted to the contest will appear as this number on Submittable in order to maintain our blind judging process. Please don't be concerned when you see this number instead of your title on your submission list. As long as the title is in the manuscript body, we'll see it.

If you do not wish to pay the $3.00 administrative fee, you may submit by mail for the flat $20.00 fee. Please see our website for details on submitting by mail.

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

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