Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers


Sunday, July 15, 2018



Entry Fees

$12; includes one copy of Nimrod Journal


$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.


The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.

Contest Rules

Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of less than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)

Poetry: Up to 5 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
All work submitted must be unpublished.
Work submitted may be on any theme, any subject.
The contest is open internationally.
Include a cover sheet containing title(s), author’s name, full address, phone, and email.
Omit author’s name on manuscript.

Online Submissions: Work may be submitted online using our online submission manager system:

Postal Submissions: Clearly indicate “Ringold Contest Entry” on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Staple manuscript if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Include SASE for results only; manuscripts will not be returned. The results will be posted on Nimrod’s website.

Mail to:
Nimrod International Journal
Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers–Fiction or Poetry (indicate the appropriate category)
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Entry Fee: Each entry must be accompanied by a $12 fee, which includes both the reading fee and a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Make checks payable to Nimrod. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own $12 fee.

Contact Information

Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-3080


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