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Circulatory Systems: Current and Connection
Movement. Connection. Current. The dictionary defines circulation as “the movement of blood through the body” or “a passage or transmission from person to person or place to place.” But there are circulatory systems all around us: connections to each other, to the external world, and to our internal worlds. What keeps us connected? What do we do when those connections break? What makes the movement of a circulatory system vital? How do we enter, leave, or take part in a circulatory system, when they often have no clear beginning or end?
For our Spring/Summer 2015 issue, Circulatory Systems: Current and Connection, Nimrod International Journal is looking for poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that play with the idea of circulatory systems. Ideas of what to send might include work about
  • Rivers, roads, and other pathways that connect us and take us on expected or unexpected journeys
  • Movement, passages, and transitions of all kinds
  • The human body or medicine
  • The connections of family and relationships, both those that renew us and those in which the circuit must be severed
  • Cycles of history, rituals, etc.
  • Technology—the circuits of computers or the connecting webs of social media -- and how they can bring us together or pull us apart
  • The myriad connections and currents of nature, including the ways that we fit in as humans and/or writers 
  • Surprise us! Send something that plays with the theme in a way that we haven’t even thought of!
Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages. All work must be previously unpublished. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2015 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Writers living outside the U.S. may email their submissions to with the work pasted into the body of an email, but writers living inside the U.S. must mail their 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.  You may submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, but we ask that they be sent as separate submissions.
Postmark Deadline: November 30th, 2014. Manuscripts accepted beginning September 1st, 2014.
Publication Date: April 2015
Send manuscripts to:
Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Questions? Email, call (918) 631-3080.
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 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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