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Nimrod Literary Awards
Founded by Ruth G. Hardman
The 41st 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, 2019
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2019
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 2019 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 2018

The editors of Nimrod International Journal are delighted to announce the winners, honorable mentions, finalists, and semi-finalists of the 40th Nimrod Literary Awards.

Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry

FIRST PRIZE: Emma DePanise, MD, “Dry Season” and other poems

SECOND PRIZE: Megan Merchant, AZ, “Marrow” and other poems


Anna Scotti, CA, “When I could still be seen” and other poems

Jeanne Wagner, CA, “Dogs That Look Like Wolves” and other poems

Josephine Yu, FL, “Women Grieving” and other poems

Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction

FIRST PRIZE: Sharon Solwitz, IL, “Tremblement”

SECOND PRIZE: Ellen Rhudy, PA, “Would You Know Me”


Liz Ziemska, CA, “Hunt Relic”

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

2018. Patricia Smith served as poetry judge, and Rilla Askew served as

fiction judge. They chose the winners and honorable mentions from the finalist


The 41st Nimrod Literary Awards competition begins January 1, 2019; the

deadline is April 30, 2019. 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 2018

Ellen Furman, CA, “Things”

Mimi Lok, CA, “Last of Her Name”

Reena Shah, NY, “The Jains’ Annual Beach House Picnic”

Amy Shearn, NY, “Some Fun”

Semi-Finalists Fiction 2018

April Alvarez, TN, “Tatau”

Judith Dancoff, CA, “Roman Glass”

Richard Hermes, TN, “Here, Where We Can Be Honest”

Alex Hughes, OK, “Dutzow”

Sandra Hunter, CA, “Meanwhile The Forests Continue To Die”

Aaron Landsman, NY, “Love Story”

Kristie Letter, CO, “Göttingen Seven”

Karin Lin-Greenberg, NY, “A Small Enemy”

Elizabeth Moller, NY, “Alice’s Tea Cup”

Barbara Morrison, VT, “Nebula”

S. Gale Pace, WA, “Jenny – My Life As Subject Matter”

Darryl Pebbles, IN, “Apotheosis”

Ann Russell, MA, “Conversational French”

Jessica Tumio, CT, “Don’t Look Up”

Namrata Verghese, TX, “God’s Intern”

Kirk Wilson, TX, “The Meteor”

Finalists Poetry 2018

Caroline Berblinger, OK, “Interviewing My Grandfather” and other poems

Ayokunle Falomo, TX, “The World’s Loudest Sound”

Matty Layne Glasgow, TX, “Plumage” and other poems

Darrel Alejandro Holnes, NY, “The land is made a stepmother” and other poems

J. Bailey Hutchinson, AR, “Became My Body, Too”

Chrissy Kolaya, MN, “The House Sitters”

Matthew MacFarland, VA, “Singing Saw” and other poems

Susan Nguyen, AZ, “Beast Angel” and other poems

Liz Rees, MD, “Elegy for Good Health” and other poems

Semi-Finalists Poetry 2018

Cynthia Amoah, NY, “Handrails”

Roger Camp, CA, “Ascension”

Don Colburn, OR, “Ginkgo on 19th” and other poems

Caroline Earleywine, AR, “Lipstick” and other poems

Mel Elberger, NJ, “Recipe”

Melanie Figg, MD, “Psyche’s History of Houses”

Rebecca Foust, CA, “Spring Is”

Katherine Gaffney, IL, “With Ghost”

Benjamin Garcia, NY, “Gay Epithalamium”

Emily Harman, WA, “Cairn”

W.J. Herbert, NY, “The Smell of Almost Rain”

Don Hogle, NY, “Mother”

Luke J. Johnson, CA, “Song of the Stillborn”

Susan Landgraf, WA, “What’s Left”

Freesia McKee, FL, “Peeling an Orange”

Ryan Meyer, NY, “Estuary” and other poems

Kelly Michels, NC, “What I mean when I say he went peacefully”

Adela Najarro, CA, “Chantico Swings”

Lee Sharkey, ME, “To Look Out Is to See; to Look In, to Turn Wholly White”

Mark Smith-Soto, NC, “Let It Spill”

Christie Towers, MA, “Sugar Water in Winter”

Cornelia Veenendaal, NH, “Rehearsal”

Namrata Verghese, TX, “Kathakali”

John Walser, WI, “Heaven” and other poems

Michael Warr, CA, “What Not To Do . . .( an unfinished poem after Michael Harriot at The Root)”

Arne Weingart, IL, “The Painting of the Barn without the Barn”

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