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Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities
 
This year has seen a remarkable shift within the United States in relation to the gay rights movement. Nimrod International Journal has historically celebrated and championed writing by people from marginalized populations, whether those be nation, ethnicity, or age. This year, we’re thrilled to announce an issue devoted to writing from LGBTQIA community.
 
For our Spring/Summer 2016 issue, Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum.
 
What We Are Seeking:
 
We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual, or anywhere under the umbrella term MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex). Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects.
 
We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, including work from LGBTQIA writers of color, writers of varying socio-economic status, physically different writers, and neuroatyptical writers. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.
 
What We Are Not Seeking (for this issue):
 
We are not looking for work by straight allies of the LGBTQIA movement. While allies are a vital part of the movement, in this issue we wish to focus exclusively on writing by persons of marginalized orientations and gender identities. If you are a straight ally with a piece of work related to the movement or about your own experiences with friends and family, we ask that you send your work as a general submission so that we can consider it for a future issue. In short, while we truly do want to see and consider work by allies and will accept it for future issues, we also want to clarify that this particular issue will focus on writing by LGBTQIA writers.
 
The Specifics:
 
  • Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We seek to celebrate the writers themselves and their work, rather than to limit submissions to works that specifically address issues of sexual orientation. In other words, send us whatever you like! 
  • You may submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, but we ask that they be sent as separate submissions.
  • Fiction should be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides, one side of plain white paper only.  Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only. 
  • For those submitting by mail: Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2016 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • For those submitting online: You may submit work online through our online submission manager system. A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions.
 
Manuscripts accepted beginning August 10th, 2015.
 
Postmark Deadline: December 5th, 2015.
 
Publication Date: April 2016
 
Send postal manuscripts to:
 
Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
 
Submit online at:
 
 
Questions?
 
Phone: (918) 631-3080.
 
We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.
 
 
Nimrod Yearly Submission Calendar
 
We accept the following types of submissions at the following times each year:
 
General submissions: January 1st to November 30th.
 
Contest submissions: January 1st to April 30th.
 
Themed submissions: Varies each year, but in general the theme for the next spring’s issue is announced the previous fall and submissions are taken during that time. Check back here periodically for more information and specific deadlines.
 
Questions? Write to us at Nimrod@utulsa.edu or call 918-631-3080. For the most up-to-date information about themes, the contest, Nimrod events, and other opportunities, join us on Facebook or sign up for our email newsletters. 
 
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