Deadline: April 1, 2024

Entry fee: $23

About the competition

The Nimrod International Journal (a literary journal founded in 1956 at The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma) is now accepting submissions for the 46th Nimrod Literary Awards – The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. The Nimrod Literary Awards are open internationally.

  • 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.

Entries must NOT have been previously published or accepted for publication.

The winners will also take part in a virtual Awards Ceremony and reading in the fall of the contest year. All finalists in fiction and poetry will be published and paid at the standard publication rate of $10/page. Semi-finalists in poetry will also be published and paid at the standard publication rate.

Competition guideline

  • Accepted from January 1st to October 1st each year. Nimrod is closed to general submissions in October, November, and 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  • Prose: Work must be previously unpublished. 7,500 words maximum.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  • Poetry: Work must be previously unpublished. 3-7 pages.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.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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