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Hello my name is Jim Jordan. I'm a writer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I've been a poet since 1982. In addition to winning various poetry contests, I have had work published in 'The Great American Poetry Anthology' in 1988; 'Eternal Portraits' in 2005; and 'Black Book Press Poetry Magazine' in 2005.
I am the author of "Chasing Emily ~ Poems by Jim Jordan", published in 2007, and "I Found a Spider in my Shoe" in 2008. I've also just released my second volume of poetry titled "Dance of the Divine".
My first novel is called "Savage Lust", and features Johnny Zen, a washed-up radio Dee Jay and part-time novelist with a nose for trouble.
When his ex-wife, Monica Savage, now the wife of one of the country’s richest men, becomes the apparent victim of abduction and her billionaire husband is later found brutally murdered and dismembered, it’s up to Johnny to unravel the truth. Along the way Johnny discovers a tawdry tale of sex, murder and deceit, and Monica Savage is in the middle of it all.
I am currently working on my second Johnny Zen novel which will be called "Bone Digger".
The 31st Nimrod Awards The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
Founded by Ruth G. Hardman
First Place: $2,000, publication, and a trip to Tulsa for the Awards Celebration
FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and PUBLICATION
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and PUBLICATION
Contest Begins: JANUARY 1, 2009
Postmark Deadline: APRIL 30, 2009
Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.
No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone & email. "Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must have a U.S. address by October of 2008 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October.
Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to:
The editors of Nimrod International Journal are delighted to announce the winners, honorable mentions, and finalists of the 30th Nimrod Literary Awards.
Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry
FIRST PRIZE: $2,000 Elyse Fenton, TX, “Clamor” and other poems
SECOND PRIZE: $1,000 Jude Nutter, MN, “Via Negativa” and other poems
HONORABLE MENTION: Andrea Thorsen, MO, “Monograph” and other poems
Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction
FIRST PRIZE: $2,000 Paul Mihas, NC, “This Is Not a Barren Place”
SECOND PRIZE: $1,000 Stephanie Soileau, CA, “The Camera Obscura”
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Anne de Marcken, WA, “Signs and Symbols”
Heather Jacobs, KY, “Semipalatinsk” Miroslav Penkov, AR, “Letter”
Richard Santos, DC, “Charles and Irma”
Nimrod extends deep appreciation to all who submitted. There were 691 poetry manuscripts and 588 short stories submitted to the 2008 competition. Selecting poetry finalists and fiction finalists from these was a task that dominated the lives of 42 Nimrod editors all spring. They approached their mission with dedication and discretion, reading and rereading the final group, comparing notes, and speaking for favorites. The finalists’ manuscripts, without cover letters or names, were sent to the judges for 2008, Mark Doty, poetry, and Anthony Doerr, fiction. They chose the winners and honorable mentions from the finalist group.
The 2009 Nimrod Literary Awards competition begins January 1, 2009; the postmark deadline is April 30, 2009. We welcome your submissions, knowing that each year brings new discoveries, often from those who have submitted to the competition before.
Finalists Poetry 2008 (listed in order of number they received at check-in)
123, Susan Landgraf, WA, “Finding Light”
125, Joshua Wood, CA, “Nature’s Own” and other poems
138, Jude Nutter, MN, “Via Negativa” and other poems
166, Lenore Weiss, CA, “Tkhine in Sh’vat” and other poems
173, Patrick Moran, WI, “Hobo Poems”
177, Roseann Lloyd, MN, “April, Baby” and other poems
215, Mary Kay Rummel, MN, from “Like Blue Loves a Wing”
219, Daniel Becker, VA, “Bulkheads” and other poems
256, Jeff Simpson, OK, “Shrapnel” and other poems
259, Elyse Fenton, TX, “Clamor” and other poems
274, Andrea Thorsen, MO, “Monograph” and other poems
339, Steven Coughlin, MA, “The New Physics” and other poems
353, Kate Fetherston, VT, “Take Bitter for Sweet” and other poems
426, Angela Patten, VT, “Elements”
428, Glenn C. Shaheen, TX, “All the Evil in the Animal Kingdom” and other poems
473, Elizabeth L. Fogle, PA, “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” and other poems
498, Han-hua Chang, NY, “What is the Spirit of Thermopylae in the Modern Age?”
607, Myrna Amelia Mesa, FL, “The Closed Mouth Fish” and other poems
638, Chad Sweeney, CA, “The Osprey” and other poems
651, Kelly Michels, NC, “What the Owl Knows” and other poems
Semi-Finalists Poetry 2008
006, Sally Allen McNall, CA, “After a flood”
051, Gail Peck, NC, “The Visionary” and other poems
057, Susan Berlin, MA, “Black Plumage, Croaking Cry,” and other poems
069, Terry Hertzler, CA, “365 and a Wakeup” and other poems
077, Taylor Mali, NY, “The Entire Act of Sorrow” and other poems
115, Scot Siegel, OR, “The Day Father’s Shop Burned to the Ground”
120, Michael Campagnoli, ME, “Penobscot Voices: Kikukus”
126, Marjory Stone, HI, “Joy of Flight” and other poems
129, Jessica Harmon, MA, “I Am I”
139, Jessicca Daigle, TX, “Inheritance”
141, Cheryl Dumesnil, CA, “In Praise of Falling”
142, Rosalind Pace, MA, “Snow in Paghman, with Wolves” and other poems
146, William Orem, MA, “five crucifixions”
148, Judith Barrington, OR, “Lost Lands”
149, Geri Radacsi, CT, “Greening the Blast Zone” and other poems
151, Erinn Batykefer, PA, “Snowmelt” and other poems
152, Mary Minock, MI, “Seventy-Eight Mostly Glossy Pictures” and other poems
163, Mary Van Denend, OR, “Carol at Eighty-Five” and other poems
169, Jim Tilley, NY, “Half-Finished Bridge” and other poems
174, Laurie Junkins, NJ, “Spilled” and other poems