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Nimrod Literary Awards
Founded by Ruth G. Hardman
 
 
 
The 39th Nimrod Literary Awards
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
 
First Prize: $2,000 and publication
Second Prize: $1,000 and publication
 
The winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony and Writing Conference in October. All finalists will be considered for publication. 
 
Contest Rules
 
Contest begins: January 1, 2017
 
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2017
 
Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
 
Fiction: 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 titles, author’s name, full address, phone number, and email.  Submitters must be living in the U.S. by October of 2017 to enter the contest. 
 
Postal Submissions: “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Manuscripts will not be returned.  Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website.
 
Mail to:
Nimrod International Journal
Literary Contest--Fiction or Poetry (indicate the appropriate category)
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104  
 
Online Submissions: Work may be submitted online using our online submission manager system .
 
Entry Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee.  Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own $20 fee.
 
 

 
 
Nimrod Literary Awards 2016
 
The editors of Nimrod International Journal are delighted to announce the winners, honorable mentions, finalists and semi-finalists of the 38th Nimrod Literary Awards.
 
 
Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry
 
FIRST PRIZE: Markham Johnson, OK, “Greenwood Burning, 1921”
 
SECOND PRIZE:       Bryce Emley, NC, “Thesis/Antithesis” and other poems
                            
                            
Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction
 
FIRST PRIZE:                Chad B. Anderson, D.C., “Maidencane”
 
SECOND PRIZE:            Ruth Knafo Setton, PA, “Swamp Girl”
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
 
Susan Finch, TN, “My Friends, My Sisters, My Doppelgangers”
Daniel Hamilton, KY, “Dragonslayers”
 
 
Nimrod extends deep appreciation to all who submitted. Selecting the poetry and fiction finalists was a task that dominated the lives of Nimrod’s editors all spring.  They approached their mission with dedication and discretion, reading and rereading the final group, comparing notes, and speaking for favorites. The finalists’ manuscripts, without cover letters or names, were sent to the judges for 2016. Robin Coste Lewis served as poetry judge, and Angela Flournoy served as fiction judge.  They chose the winners and honorable mentions from the finalist groups. 
 
The 39th Nimrod Literary Awards competition begins January 1, 2017; the deadline is April 30, 2017. We welcome your submissions, knowing that each year brings new discoveries, often from those who have submitted to the competition before.
 
All entrants not previously contacted by Nimrod about their work may consider their work released at this time.
 
 
Finalists Fiction 2016
 
Jacob Appel, NY, “The Tinker of Presov”
Kathleen Boyle, CA, “The Burial Rites of Northern Italians”
Ann Harleman, CA, “Bussana”
A. Charlene McDermott, NM, “Impromptu for Fireflies and Mandolin”
Eric Schlich, FL, “Merlin Lives Next Door”
 
Semi-Finalists Fiction 2016
Donald Downey, NY, “Gulf of Finland”
Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, VA, “Heritage”
Jacqueline Guidry, MO, “A Single Red Feather”
Kendall Klym, GA, “The Nebraska Hula”
Beverly McMillan, VA, “Wild Season”
Roberta Murphy, VA, “Future Famous Actress”
Sorrel Nielsen, IA, “Rattlesnake Valley”
Melissa Pritchard, AZ, “Palace of Vicissitude”
Carol Quinn, MI, “Liars”
Leslie Rodd, CA, “Audition”
Dariel Suarez, MA, “Daredevils”
Mary Switalski, MD, “Correspondence”
Robert Travis, WI, “Then You Cross Rainbow Bridge Together”
Anne Trooper-Holbrook, VT, “Tink’s Town”
Jill Widner, WA, “Moore’s Alley”
Chelika Yapa, CA, “Clamshell”
 
 
Finalists Poetry 2016
 
Michele Battiste, CO, “Weather Report from Ruination” and other poems
Michelle Bitting, CA, “Stripped, Genesis” and other poems
Carolann Madden, TX, “New Now” and other poems
Susan Cohen, CA, “Love in a Year of El Nino” and other poems
Jackie Craven, NY, “Meroger’s Magic” and other poems
Don Judson, MA, “(untitled)” and other poems
Kimberly Kent, WA, “You Will Not Win the Jackpot” and other poems
Jennifer Met, ID, “Mine Life Is Ours” and other poems
Clare Paniccia, OK, “Epistle from Eve to Adam” and other poems
Samuel Piccone, IO, “Father/Son” and other poems
Emily Van Kley, WA, “Span” and other poems
Sarah Wetzel, NY, “Ruined in Rome” and other poems
 
 
Semi-Finalists Poetry 2016
Allison Adair, MA, “The Big Thinkers”
Nathalie Anderson, PA, “Rapture”
Laura Beasley, GA, “A Modern Woman Faints”
Mary Block, NY, “After It Rained”
Erik Campbell, NE, “Faith for My Father circa 1980”
Pamela Davis, CA, “Still/Life”
Corrinne Hales, CA, “Fall”
Arielle Hebert, NC, “Verstandnis”
George Looney, PA, “Sound Thinking Is To Listen . . .”
Megan Merchant, AZ, “Paper Mother”
Angela Patten, VT, “The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam, 1896”
Charlotte Pence, IL, “DNA's Main Role Is the the Long Term Storage of Information” and other poems
Mary Pinard, MA, “Widow with Extra Doors”
Mira Rosenthal, AL, “Ancient History”
Mary Rummel, MN, “Cipher Garden”
Teresa Scollon, MI, “Cabbages”
Crystal Simone Smith, NC, “Uncloudy Day”
Shelley Stenhouse, NY, “I Am Your History”
Jeanne Wagner, CA, “Demeter Revised”
John Walser, WI, “Art Tatum Plays at Ray Heindorf's House . . .”
Cynthia White, CA, “Higher Power”
Josephine Yu, FL, “Miscarriage Praise Song”
 
 
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