Ruminate is a contemplative magazine committed to slowing down, paying attention, and encountering heart-awakening storytelling and art so that we can live more fully awake to our selves and our world. 

FAQs: 
  • General magazine submissions are always free. 
  • We currently pay $17/page for poetry (with a maximum of $68 per poem), $17/400 words for prose, and $17/image for visual art. Ruminate firmly believes in paying our contributors, and we are working hard to increase the amount we pay them. 
  • We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished (a piece that has had a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online is considered previously published). 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, please notify us right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  • If you are interested in receiving writing feedback from the Ruminate staff, please review our writing critique sessions.
  • If you agree to allow Ruminate to publish your work, we will receive first serial rights and all rights revert back to you.
  • We only accept online submissions, as our readers are spread across the country. Any submissions made by postal mail or email will not be considered.
  • Please wait for a response to your submission before sending us more work.
  • 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. 

Ruminate is seeking a nonfiction editor. If you'd like to join our team, please apply! This position can be done remotely or in-office in Fort Collins, CO. In your cover letter, please tell us about your experience and background as well as why you think you'd be a good fit for the Ruminate team. If you know your Enneagram type and your StrengthsFinder top five strengths, please include that info as well. The position will remain open until filled.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, formerly incarcerated, and differently-abled people to apply.

Compensation: 
  • $250/month 
Time Commitment:
  • average hours are 20 hours/month
  • 3-month trial period to ensure that the position is a good fit
  • minimum of a one-year commitment starting in 2018

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Nonfiction Editor manages the nonfiction published in Ruminate—a nonprofit, contemplative-arts magazine entering its twelfth year of publication. This position requires impeccable editorial skills, experience as a compassionate, skillful communicator, and a heart for all that Ruminate represents and the ability to select manuscripts that reflect Ruminate's vision. 

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Read and evaluate nonfiction manuscripts.
  • Manage the acceptances/declines for their department via Submittable in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with the editor-in-chief regarding publication decisions. 
  • Invite and manage the associate readers for the nonfiction department.
  • Assist in procuring judges and panelists for the nonfiction contest and read and evaluate contest submissions.
  • Provide content editing, copyediting, and proofreading for accepted manuscripts and communicate with authors regarding editorial suggestions and changes.
  • Work with Ruminate’s copyeditor regarding editing choices.
  • Collaborate with the editorial team regarding theme decisions.
  • Manage the contributor publication forms for their department.


Qualifications: 

  • Minimum three years of relevant editorial experience with literary publications, with a preference for literary magazine experience.
  • Terminal degree in relevant discipline a plus.
  • Ability to self-monitor and work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills and an exacting eye for detail. 
  • Clear communicator who listens respectfully to others and can work effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • Flexibility and ability to work gracefully under pressure. (A sense of humor helps.)
  • Excellent copy-editing skills, including a solid knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Thorough awareness of literary writing and publishing, both past and current.
  • Familiarity with Ruminate’s contemplative aesthetic.
Physical Demands: Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer. 

The ideal candidate is engaged by the tone and spirit of our publication and understands that Ruminate is more than just another magazine and that this is more than just another job.
Ruminate is seeking a fiction editor. If you'd like to join our team, please apply! This position can be done remotely or in-office in Fort Collins, CO. 

In your cover letter, please tell us about your experience and background, what sets you apart from other candidates, your own contemplative and creative practices, as well as why you think you'd be a good fit for the Ruminate team. If you know your Enneagram type and your 
StrengthsFinder top five strengths, please include that info as well. The position will remain open until filled.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, formerly incarcerated, and differently-abled people to apply.

Compensation: 
  • $250/month 
Time Commitment:
  • average hours are 20 hours/month
  • 3-month trial period to ensure that the position is a good fit
  • minimum of a one-year commitment starting in 2018

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Fiction Editor manages the fiction published in Ruminate—a nonprofit, contemplative-arts magazine entering its twelfth year of publication. This position requires impeccable editorial skills, experience as a compassionate, skillful communicator, and a heart for all that Ruminate represents and the ability to select manuscripts that reflect Ruminate's vision. 

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Read and evaluate fiction manuscripts.
  • Manage the acceptances/declines for their department via Submittable in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with the editor-in-chief regarding publication decisions. 
  • Invite and manage the associate readers for the fiction department.
  • Assist in procuring judges and panelists for the annual Short Story Prize and read and evaluate contest submissions.
  • Provide content editing, copyediting, and proofreading, for accepted manuscripts and communicate with authors regarding editorial suggestions and changes.
  • Work with Ruminate’s copyeditor regarding editing choices.
  • Collaborate with the editorial team regarding theme decisions.
  • Manage the contributor publication forms for their department.


Qualifications: 

  • Minimum three years of relevant editorial experience with literary publications, with a preference for literary magazine experience.
  • Terminal degree in relevant discipline a plus.
  • Ability to self-monitor and work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills and an exacting eye for detail. 
  • Clear communicator who listens respectfully to others and can work effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • Flexibility and ability to work gracefully under pressure. (A sense of humor helps.)
  • Excellent copy-editing skills, including a solid knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Thorough awareness of literary writing and publishing, both past and current.
  • Familiarity with Ruminate’s contemplative aesthetic.
Physical Demands: Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer. 

The ideal candidate is engaged by the tone and spirit of our publication and understands that Ruminate is more than just another magazine and that this is more than just another job.

Ruminate is seeking new volunteer board members for our board of directors. Board members can serve from any location. In your statement of interest letter, please tell us about your experience and background as well as why you think you'd be a good fit for the Ruminate board of directors. If you know your Enneagram type and your StrengthsFinder top five strengths, please include that info as well. 

Please send us an email to info@ruminatemagazine.org if you know someone you think would be a good fit for Ruminate's board. 

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, formerly incarcerated, and differently-abled people to apply.


About our board:

Our board's gift, service, and function is to lovingly oversee and support Ruminate's finances and fundraising efforts from a holistic and contemplative posture. Together, our board members will live out the invitation they are asking of our donors by investing resources God has given them—their energy, prayers, and money—in the work of Ruminate to which we've been called. We join Henri Nouwen in understanding fundraising as a place where “those who need money and those who can give money meet on the common ground of God’s love."

On a practical level, the board lives this out together by holding Ruminate in their prayer life, participating in board meetings twice a year (can be done remotely), participating in quarterly email check-ins, working on smaller fundraising committees, and by making an annual personal financial contribution to Ruminate at a level that is meaningful to them. We also invite our board members to gather for an annual retreat—a time to grow and be nourished together. Board members serve for a three-year term with a one-time option to renew.

On an organizational level, our board helps us integrate our contemplative spiritual approach into the organizational context, including our finances and the function of our board. We are cultivating methods and processes that create a mindful, attentive, curious, compassionate, and listening organization that is more effective in serving our community, and this is also true for our board.

On an individual level, we're looking for board members who are passionate about our contemplative mission to help readers encounter stories and art that awaken their hearts by growing more compassion, curiosity, and creativity in their lives. We are working toward building a board whose diversity of thought, ideas, life experience, and skills broadly reflects our readers, artists, and patrons. The ideal board candidate is inspired by the sensibility and spirit of our publication and understands that Ruminate is more than just another arts magazine and that this is more than just another nonprofit board.        


Qualifications:

  • Commitment to Ruminate's mission
  • Informed, available, and engaged
  • Personally practicing Ruminate's mission of living awake with more compassion, curiosity and creativity
  • Previous nonprofit or board experience a plus

Writing for the Ruminate Blog:

Please take a 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. We are also looking for regular blog columnists. If you are interested in becoming a regular columnist, please note that in your submission. 

We welcome submissions by people from all walks of life and from all faith traditions, from seekers and doubters and people exploring the big questions and the human condition. 

Ruminate is a nonprofit magazine and online community and our vision is to inspire and nourish the creative and contemplative in all of us. Your submission should be grounded in a contemplative and/or creative posture. 

Ruminate Blog Post Submission Guidelines

  • The Ruminate Blog publishes posts on topics including (but not limited to): 
    • the writing/artist life
    • the contemplative life
    • topical issues surrounding art and/or faith (see Sophfronia Scott’s piece: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/2015/06/for-roxane-gay-notes-from-a-forgiving-heart/)
    • narrative/personal essays
    • spiritual/contemplative prayer practices 
    • our earth
    • slowing down and paying attention
    • playfulness/wonder
    • discipline/rituals
    • place
    • compassion/kinship
    • social justice and activism
    • ordinary sacredness
    • hospitality
    • mystery
    • the body
    • a short reflection on a poem, quote, or book that inspires or nourishes you
  • If you have any photos to include along with the post, please make sure you have permission or that the photo is under the Creative Commons license. 
  • Submissions should be 1000 words or less. 
  • Please submit a 100 word or less bio (including relevant publications) and a headshot to be published with your submission if accepted
  • Any relevant or helpful links should be included in the body of your submission
Our blog editor, Charnell Peters shares these words about her vision for the blog:
     As a part of Ruminate’s contemplative and imaginative space, the Ruminate blog seeks work that embraces inquiry and process over answers and destinations. In all dimensions of our lives—spiritual, creative, physical, emotional, mental, relational—we sojourn from one stage to another and rarely in linear form. I am looking for work that contends with the winding, convoluted ways in which the many dimensions of our lives unfold and pieces that speak to common the inquiry and struggle of wayfinding in those journeys.
     The Ruminate blog is a place for work that queries, shares, and relates with open palms, with tension, and with the breadth and depth of your experience, not work that presents oversimplified answers or didactic anecdotes. Some good questions to ask of your submission are: Is this work generous in that it shares honestly with others? Does this work make space for inquiry or contemplation? Is this work accessible? We seek work that honors the diversity of our lives and welcome work from writers of all faith backgrounds. We especially welcome work from people whose voices have been historically marginalized. The best way to understand what the Ruminate blog is looking for is to read a few pieces for yourself."
Ends on January 15, 2018

Thank you for considering Ruminate as a potential home for your work. We welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers and are looking for poems that engage the contemplative spirit of our journal, that aren't afraid to take risks, and that treat the poem as a space for discovery rather than resolution. Please send us 3-5 poems for consideration (in one document). Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please add a note to your submission if you need to withdraw a piece. Your total submission should be no more than 10 pages, but poems of any length are accepted within these parameters.

To help keep our queue moving, please submit no more than once every six months and wait 3-4 months before inquiring about the status of your submission. We look forward to reading your work!

Special Call for Submissions: We're dedicating the poetry section of the summer 2018 issue to long and/or series poems. Send one our way! Preferred length is 3-6 pages, but we will make room for the right poem. Please submit one long poem or poem sequence that is no longer than 10 pages. We pay $17/page with a max of $68 a poem. Submit by the end of the general reading period.

Ends on February 18, 2018$20.00
$20.00

We invite you to enter the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. 

As with all our submissions, we highly recommend reading a copy of the magazine to better understand what we are looking for. The 2017 winning story appears in Issue No. 44: Small. We also offer a discounted bundle of past print issues featuring the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize.

Guidelines:

  • The submission deadline for the short story contest is February 15, 2018. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this contest. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on February 18th will be entered into the contest.
  • The entry fee is $20. (Early bird rate—enter by Jan. 15th and receive a complimentary physical copy of the prize issue featuring the winning work. All international entries and entries received after Jan. 15th will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the prize issue featuring the winning work).
  • You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • Entries must be previously unpublished (if it has a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online, we consider it previously published).
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, but if it is accepted elsewhere please withdraw it immediately and make a note in the "notes" section of the entry. 
  • $1500 will be awarded to the winner and publication in Ruminate. $200 will be awarded to the runner-up story and publication in Ruminate.
  • A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Ruminate readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists. The finalists will then be reviewed by our finalist judge.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete—we define "student" as someone who has taken one semester-long course or more with the judge; those who have only studied under the judge for week-long workshops and the like are still eligible. 
  • Also not eligible to compete are: regular Ruminate blog contributors, past 1st-place winners of any Ruminate Prize, past judges of any Ruminate prizes, and friends or family of the Ruminate staff. 
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-April, 2018.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
  • As a contemplative magazine, we are sometimes asked if Ruminate is seeking or only accepts "spiritual" stories. The answer to that question is no. We are simply looking for good stories, and there are no restrictions on the subject matter or content for submissions. The best way to understand the work we publish is to read a past issue.
Ends on April 14, 2018
Thank you for wanting to submit to Ruminate. We welcome visual art submissions of any medium. We know that sharing your art is a brave act--we look forward to seeing your work! 

Visual artists may submit the following:
  • Professional quality digital images in TIFF or JPG formats (if JPG, saved in “baseline” or “standard” format at the highest quality possible). Images must be Mac and PC compatible. Note: Please do not submit PPT or PPTX presentations; minimum of 320 dpi and between 1200 and 2400 pixels in the longest dimension.
  • Please include an artist statement as well.