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Nimrod Literary Awards
Founded by Ruth G. Hardman
 
 
 
The 40th 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, 2018
 
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2018
 
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 2018 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 2017
 
The editors of Nimrod International Journal are delighted to announce the winners, honorable mentions, finalists, and semi-finalists of the 39th Nimrod Literary Awards.
 
Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry
FIRST PRIZE:  Mark Wagenaar, IN, “Count It Up” and other poems
SECOND PRIZE:  Mary Moore, WV, “Chimera”


Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction
FIRST PRIZE: Jessica Cavero, NJ, “Toguro”
SECOND PRIZE: Sandra Hunter, CA, “Finger Popping”
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Meghan Pipe, CO, “Alternating Current”
Claire Robbins, MI, “Mothering the Body”
Shubha Venugopal, CA, “How Will You Not Drown?”
 
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 2017. Jericho Brown served as poetry judge, and Laura van den Berg served as fiction judge.  They chose the winners and honorable mentions from the finalist groups. 
The 40th Nimrod Literary Awards competition begins January 1, 2018; the deadline is April 30, 2018. 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 2017
Charlene Logan Burnett, CA, “Drowners”
George Looney, PA, “All the Guessing Gets Us”
Eric Schlich, FL, “Lucidity”
 
Semi-Finalists Fiction 2017
Rochelle Distelheim, IL, “More Cousin’s Club Than Country”
Landon Houle, SC, “About Those Planes”
Maureen McGranaghan, PA, “Madelyn”
Jolene McIlwain, PA, “Shell”
Laura Miller, MA, “Laila and Majnun”
Eric Schlich, FL, “Journal of a Cyclops”
Natalie Serber, OR, “My Mom Says My Name to Me”
Robert T. Sorrells, SC, “Hunting”
 
Finalists Poetry 2017
Laura Apol, MI, “Five Prayers To be Said upon Departure” and other poems
Daniel Becker, VA, “Like all perfect strangers”
Allison Blevins, MO, “The Color of Tearing” and other poems
Tiana Clark, TN, “The Rime of Nina Simone”
Stephen Cloud, NM, “Hopperesque”
Carlie Hoffman, NJ, “Wishbone” and other poems
Owen Lewis, NY, “Borderlines”
Dawn Marar, NY, “On the Road to Damascus” and other poems
Aurora Masum-Javed, NY, “Daughter // Tongue”
Ryan Meyer, VA, “Forgetting Guidelines”
 
Semi-Finalists Poetry 2017
Emily Cole, OH, “Unblues #1”
Pamela Davenport, AZ, “Eighth Grade Honolulu Hawaii”
Pamela Davis, CA, “Little Daughter, Little Seal” and other poems
Rebecca Morgan Frank, MS, “The Mechanical Monk”
Nancy Gomez, CA, “We All Fall Down”
Samuel Hovda, MN, “Faggot Once Again Considers His Body” and other poems
Sarah Huener, NC, “Reliquary (Vienna)” and other poems
Kara Jackson, IL, “spell for my hair” and other poems
Karen Kovacik, IN, “Ode to the Milagro Heart” and other poems
Peter Krumbach, CA, “Rotterdam”
Zach Linge, TX, “Truth is, you don’t remember much” and other poems
George Looney, PA, “The Dust That Come Spring Will Be Loam” and other poems
Daniel Lusk, VT, “Robyn of the Snows”
Anne McDonnell, NM, “curse”
Bonnie J. Morris, CA, “The Dust of Gods and Goddesses”
Meghann Plunkett, IL, “The Relief”
Earl Reineman, KS, “Sliding” and other poems
Joan Roberta Ryan, NM, “Cecilia Gallerani,” and other poems
Heidi Seaborn, WA, “Family Secrets”
Julia Thacker, MA, “Plum Jam”
Jon Yenser, NM, “Garbage”
Monika Zobel, MD, “Zweisprachigkeit”
 
 
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