Francine Ringold Awards

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

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

Prizes: $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.

Contest Rules

Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works, works with a distribution of less than 100 copies, and journalistic articles 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· All work submitted must be unpublished.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.

Dates: Contest opens May 1st, 2021. Postmark Deadline: July 15th, 2021.

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.

  • Results: 2018 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

    Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists

    The editors of Nimrod International Journal are delighted to announce the winners, finalists, and semi-finalists of the 2018 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers


    Susan Friberg, CO, “Safe Passage” and other poems


    Reyna Clancy, MA, “Miss July ’85”

    Christopher Costabile, FL, “Old Smoke”

    Danielle Gosselin, OR, “protector pulse”

    Caleb Nolen, VA, “Yellow Jacket” and other poems

    Lauren Saxon, OH, “Tomorrow” and other poems

    Katherine Stingley, TX, “A Daughter Goes to Work”


    Craig Chen, CA, “Infidelity” and other poems

    Clare Chu, CA, “The Broom” and other poems

    Alexa Garvoille, VA, “Domestic Animal”

    Saul Hernandez, TX, “13 Reasons Why My Mexican Father Fears Water” and other poems

    Amy Luznicky, OK, “Hecate on Lamictal” and other poems

    ZDR Mackin, Tokyo, “L’avventura by Antonioni” and other poems

    Joshua Plack, OR, “Koo Dae-Sung” and other poems

    Maya Williams, ME, “Just Words” and other poems

    Rhosalyn Williams, NH, “More Sun” and other poems


    Skye Anicca, NY, “Places I’ve Never Been”


    Desiree Evans, TX, “Whirligig”

    Dasom Yang, Dublin, “Enemy Green”


    Jennifer Dickinson, CA, excerpt from Doll’s Eyes

    Robyn Groth, IA, “Pentimento City”

    Grace Newman, NY, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”

    Suzanne Roberts, CA, The Vanishing Twin”

    Ann Russell, MA, “The Continuous Past”

    Gregory Sides, Quebec, “The Royal Flocks”

    Jake Zucker, IN, “Brains”