FAQs: 
  • General magazine submissions are always free. 
  • We currently pay $15/poem and  $15/400 words for prose. 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  • We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished (a piece that has had a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online is considered previously published).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. 

Get published on 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): 
    • thoughts on faith and art
    • 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 
    • slowing down and paying attention
    • playfulness/wonder
    • discipline/rituals
    • compassion/kinship
    • social justice and activism
    • ordinary sacredness
    • mystery
    • the body
    • a short reflection on a favorite poem or quote 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
Ends on November 15, 2017$20.00
$20.00

We strongly recommend ordering a past copy of Ruminate to better understand the type of work we are looking for. You can order a nonfiction bundle of print issues featuring our nonfiction prize winners from past years. PDF versions of the magazine are available for $5 each. Issue 40Issue 35Issue 32 all feature our nonfiction prize winners from past years. 

Guidelines:
  • The submission deadline for the prize is November 15th, 2017. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this contest. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on November 18th will be entered into the contest.
  • The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate).
  • You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • $1500 and publication in Ruminate will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $200 and publication in Ruminate.
  • An anonymous reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Ruminate readers, who will select 10 nonfiction finalists. Those 10 finalists will then be read for our final judge who will select a winner.
  • 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, 
  • All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • There is no theme or topic for the nonfiction prize. 
  • You may enter simultaneously submitted work, however, please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • You may submit any type of creative nonfiction—personal essay, short memoir, literary journalism, etc.
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2018.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

Ends on August 20, 2017

We only accept short stories that are under 5,500 words. You may submit only one story per reading period. Please include your name within the document that you submit, preferably at the top of the first page. Please title your file(s) being submitted with your last name, first name, and the genre of your work: (Doe_John_Essay.doc).

Ends on January 15, 2018

Submit 3-5 poems. Please make sure to include them all in one document. Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please add a note to your submission if you need to withdraw a piece. Multiple submissions are not allowed. Please submit no more than once every six months.

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