-We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished.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 $6 per 500 words, $12 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.
-If you withdraw your submission for any reason, you must wait until the next reading period to submit again.
-After the reading deadline has passed for an issue, it generally takes us six to eight weeks to respond.
General Submission Reading Periods:
- Summer Issue #32, Open Theme, Reading Period from November 16th, 2013 - February 15th, 2014 (Please
note that we do not accept general nonfiction submissions or general
poetry submissions for this period, as we will be running our nonfiction
and poetry competitions during this period: VanderMey Nonfiction Prize and the McCabe Poetry Prize).
- Fall Issue #33, Open Theme, Reading Period from February 16th - May 15th, 2014 (Please
note that we do not accept general poetry submissions or general visual
art submissions for this period, as we will be running our poetry and
visual art competitions during this period: McCabe Poetry Prize and the Kalos Art Prize.
Winter Issue #34, Open Theme, Reading Period from May 16th - August 15th, 2014 (Please note that we do not accept general visual art submissions or general fiction submissions for this period, as we will be running our short story and art competitions during this period: Van Dyke Short Story Prize and the Visual Art Prize )
- Spring Issue #31, Open Theme, Reading Period from August 16th - November 15th, 2014 (Please note that we do not accept general fiction submissions or nonfiction submissions for this period, as we will be running our fiction and nonfiction competitions during this period: Van Dyke Short Story Prize and the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize.)
Size limit: 500-2500 wordsWe review new and not-so-new books of poetry, short story collections, anthologies, fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. Our short reviews focus on books dealing with the arts and/or faith. The longer review essays tackle several books on a distinct theme--a theme that somehow engages the overall theme for that issue. These essays should be thesis-driven rather than a disconnected string of reviews on the works at hand. 500 words for mini-reviews; 800-2500 for longer reviews.
Ends on 5/1/2014
Size limit: 2 poems, 40 lines eachPlease note our updated submission guidelines below. As with all our submissions, we highly recommend reading a copy of the magazine to better understand the type of poetry we are looking for. You can buy a PDF of Issue 25 ($5), which features the finalists and winning poems from the 2012 Poetry Prize judged by Li-Young Lee. We also have a PDF of Issue 21 ($5), which features the finalists and winning poems from the 2011 Poetry Prize judged by Naomi Shihab Nye. Guidelines:
-The submission deadline for the prize is May 1, 2014.
-The entry fee is $20 (includes a copy of the Winter 2014 Issue).
-All submissions must be previously unpublished work.
-You may submit up to two poems per entry, no longer than 40 lines each.
-You may only upload one document, so please make sure to include both poems in the same document.
-$1500 and publication in the Winter 2014 Issue will be awarded to the winner. $200 and publication in the Winter 2014 Issue will be awarded to the second place winner.
-All entries will be blind-judged by our panel of readers who will select fifteen poems as finalists.
-The finalist judge (to be determined), will review the fifteen finalist poems and select the first place and second place and honorable mention poems. Close friends or family of the Ruminate staff are not eligible. Past first place winners of the prize and past judges of the prize are also not eligible.
-All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form below. We will not accept mail or email submissions.
-Winner will be announced in the Winter Issue, December 2014.
-Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
Ends on 8/30/2014
Size limit: 3 images per entry fee
We invite you to enter the 2014 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 copy of 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 30th, 2014.
- The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of the Winter 2014 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 2014 Issue will be awarded to the winning artist. $500 and publication in the Winter 2014 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 juror 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 2014.
- We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in late November, 2014.
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 8/15/2014
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 5/15/2014
Size limit: 5500 words
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).