-We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished.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.
Visit our website for info on our reading periods.
Ends on 8/15/2015
Size limit: 5500 words
We accept creative nonfiction and interviews. We only accept pieces that are under 5,500 words. You may only submit one nonfiction piece 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).
Please note that during the winter reading period--November 16th to February 15th--we do not accept general nonfiction submissions, as the nonfiction published from this reading period will come from our nonfiction prize: http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/
Ends on 8/5/2015
Size limit: 3 images per entry fee
We invite you to enter the 2015 Kalos Art Prize. We will announce the final juror in the coming months. 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 copy of Issue 33: Artist as Seer featuring the 2014 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.
- The submission deadline for the visual art contest is August 5th, 2015.
- The entry fee is $25 (includes a complimentary copy of the Winter 2015 Issue).
- You may submit up to three images per entry fee–please submit a sampling of images from a larger body of work.
- $2000 cash prize and publication in the Winter 2015 Issue will be awarded to the winning artist. $500 and publication in the Winter 2015 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 close friends or family of the RUMINATE staff.
- 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.
- Winners will be announced in the Winter Issue, December 2015.
- We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in late November, 2015.
- 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.”
Ends on 1/16/2016
Size limit: five poems; 50 line maximum per poem
You may submit no more than 5 poems per reading period with a maximum of 50 lines per poem. In general, we'd like to see around 3-5 poems. 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.Below is our poetry editor, Kristin George Bagdanov's editorial vision:
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.