-We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished.
-We do accept simultaneous submissions for all of our categories, including the contests.
-We are currently able to pay contributors $15 per 400 words, $15 per poem and image, and in contributor copies.
-If you agree to allow Ruminate to publish your work, we will receive first serial rights.
-Before submitting, we strongly recommend ordering a copy of the magazine in order to better understand the type of work we publish and to tailor your submission accordingly.
-Our response time is approximately 3-4 months.
-If you need to make a correction to a submission, such as removing your contact info or withdrawing a poem from a batch of poems submitted, please use the "Allow Edit Requests" function in Submittable.

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Ruminate is excited to announce that we will now be accepting guest bloggers to post for the Ruminate blog on our website! Feel free to look at some posts here to get an idea of what we're looking for. Currently we are not paying our guest bloggers, however, you will receive a complimentary copy of one of Ruminate's back issues. 

Ruminate Blog Post Submission Guidelines

  • The Ruminate Blog publishes posts on topics including (but not limited to): 
  • Submissions are limited to 400-800 words
  • Please submit a 100 word or less bio (including relevant publications) to be published with your submission if accepted
  • Any facts/statistics/claims should be cited using MLA style
  • Any relevant or helpful links should be included in the body of your submission

Best Practices for Blogging

In our experience, blog posts that solve a problem, answer a question, or discuss a topical issue are the most successful. Web readers read differently on than print readers; web readers skim. There are a few best practices we’ve found to help web readers click on and stay engaged with your article.

  • Use a clear, unambiguous, engaging title. (E.g. How to Give Helpful Feedback to an Artist)
  • Use bulleted lists
  • Bold important sentences/text 
  • Use engaging headers
  • Short paragraphs (3-5 sentences max)
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We invite you to enter Ruminate's Kalos Art Prize. 

If you haven't read Ruminate and would like to get a better feel for the type of visual artwork that we publish, you can order a PDF for $5 of Issue 33: Artist as Seer featuring the 2014/2015 Kalos Prize Recipient, Issue 30: The Body featuring the 2013 Kalos Prize Recipient, Issue 26: In the Margins featuring the 2012 Kalos Prize recipient or Issue 22: Up in the Air featuring the 2011 recipient. We also offer a discounted bundle of past print issues featuring the Kalos Visual Art Prize. 

  • The submission deadline for the visual art contest is October 15, 2016
  • The entry fee is $15 (includes a complimentary copy of the Winter 2016/2017 Issue).
  • You may submit up to three images per entry fee–please submit a sampling of images from a larger body of work.
  • $500 cash prize and publication in the Winter 2016/2017 Issue will be awarded to the winning artist. $100 and publication in the Winter 2016/2017 Issue will also be awarded to the second-place artist.
  • A reviewing of all entries will be conducted by a Ruminate panel, who will select 15 artists as finalists. The final juror will then select the winning artists.
  • Close friends, family, and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete. Nor are Ruminate blog contributors or close friends or family of the RUMINATE staff. Previous 1st place winners of the Kalos Art Prize and previous Kalos Art Prize jurors are also not eligible to compete. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • Artists must have PRINT-quality images available upon request (a minimum of 300 dpi).
  • You may submit multiple entries.
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in late November, 2016.
  • If you need to make a correction to your submission, such as removing your contact info, please use the "Allow Edit Requests" function in Submittable.


Please Note: Ruminate adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines, of which Ruminate is a proud member. This Contest Code of Ethics was developed with writing contests in mind, but we apply the same integrity to our visual art contests. “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

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Each issue of Ruminate includes personal notes from our readers on a particular topic--we love hearing from our readers! We're looking for flash nonfiction, 300 words or less, that tells us your experiences in rich image and detail.

Flash Nonfiction Topic

Georgia O'Keeffe called New Mexico a "land that offered a clear vision of nowhere near." One of our nonfiction prize winners for our upcoming issue explores this idea in her story "Labyrinth," and we at Ruminate fell in love with this phrase. So, in this issue's reader's notes, we would like to hear about a time or even a moment where you felt as if you were "nowhere near." Nowhere near familiarity, a sense of belonging, family, or even nowhere near yourself. 

So send us that flash nonfiction: What happened in this space? Where did this feeling take you? What did this feeling create or not create?

Because of space constraints, we aren't able to print all of the notes we receive. Also, we often edit the notes we receive, sometimes quite a bit, but each reader will have the chance to approve the edits. We will notify you if we decide to share your note in the magazine, and you'll receive a copy of the issue your note appears in. If you'd rather not have your name appear in the magazine, feel free to submit your note under "Name Withheld"—some of our most powerful micro-essays have been submitted this way.

The deadline to submit your note is May 29th, 2016. Thank you for sharing your flash nonfiction with us in the most intimate of our genres.

Ends on 12/14/2016

Submit 3-5 poems with no more than 60 lines per poem. Please make sure to include them all in the same document and type your name at the top of each poem, as you will only be allowed to upload one document.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please add a note to your submission if you need to withdraw a piece. Please submit no more than once every six months. 

Please wait 3-4 months before inquiring about the status of your submission.


Below is the editorial vision of our poetry editor, Kristin George Bagdanov:

Ruminate’s mission is to chew on “life, faith, and art.” The emphasis on process in this digestive metaphor is central to my own vision for Ruminate’s poetry. I do not seek poems that are fully digested or those that have been carelessly spit up. Poems suitable for Ruminate are those that enact this churning meditation, that break open their own fibrous structure to ask whether they can do anything other than ask, repeatedly, what they are for. To that end, I’m not interested in poems that leave the reader at peace—only a precarious peace at best—or poems that postulate and prove their premise by the end of the fourth stanza, that know what form they will take before they begin. I’m wary of these poems for the same reason I’m wary of any faith that can exhibit such unrelenting confidence. I am interested in poems that listen to their own chewing—the humming inside their bodies charted by the line of the poem in whatever form that demands. I’m interested in poems that reach toward God, toward mystery, toward “other” not by naming them as such in the poem, but through the gesture of that reaching. To publish poems that do otherwise, poems that want us believe that the bread has been broken rather than is breaking, that all has been consumed and finished, are not poems that match the yearning in Ruminate’s mission. Rather, we need poems that exist in the space between the crumbs of hope that keep us writing and reaching, poems necessitated by gnawing stomachs that tell us there is so much left to devour, that there is so much left we cannot.