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Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts

Posted on Fri, Nov 10 2017 2:23 pm by Cassidy McCants

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 For the past 61 years, Nimrod International Journal has been devoted to the idea that the arts bring us together. They highlight what we have in common, and what we have in common is enhanced by our distinctiveness. The arts are the ultimate big tent. 

Here in Tulsa, we’ve been inspired by a local effort to bring together diverse populations and interests in a new public space, a large riverside park called A Gathering Place. As John Dewey said, “The local is the only universal, upon that all art builds.” This is true not only of art, but also of all human culture. Now more than ever, we need this reminder of the inherent power of the arts to accommodate both diversity and unity—to bring us together while celebrating our differences. 

For our Spring/Summer 2018 issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the ArtsNimrod is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore the idea that the arts are a gathering place for diverse and unique perspectives, and that it is through this uniqueness that we find the universal. Since writing itself is an art and Nimrod’s specific gathering place, we also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects—and we leave these up to you.

And while this issue will be a celebration of the arts at their best, we also recognize that, historically, the arts have not always been as inclusive as they might have been and that, even now, we still have work to do. Thus, we also invite writing that addresses and confronts the times when the arts have not been as diverse as they could be—including the present.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore the idea of the arts—not only writing but all the arts: music, theater, visual arts—as a gathering place for diversity and connection, or that embody this idea. We also seek work that springs from diverse voices on a variety of subjects. We are open to all interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories.

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, especially work from writers of color, writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. We hope that you will bring to light areas of diversity and connection that we have not thought of. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

 We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.

 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.
  • 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, no more than one poem per page.  
  • For those submitting by mail: Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2018 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • For those submitting online: Please submit work online under the theme category at: A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions.
  • If the online submission fee or the postage to send work by mail will pose a substantial economic burden, writers may seek a waiver of the fee. To seek a waiver, please email us at with your request and reasons for seeking a waiver. 

Postmark deadline: December 5th, 2017

Publication date: April 2018

Nimrod is a nonprofit literary magazine published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their work appears.