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  • We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished (a piece that has had a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online is considered previously published).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

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 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.

Ends on September 18, 2017$15.00
$15.00

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 42: Forming One Another featuring the 2016/2017 Kalos Prize recipient or Issue 39: Magnificent Frailty featuring the 2015/2016 Kalos Prize recipient. We also offer a discounted bundle of past print issues featuring the Kalos Visual Art Prize recipients. 

Guidelines:
  • We are pleased to announce that award-winning artist Steve Prince will be serving as our final juror.
  • The submission deadline for the visual art contest is September 15th, 2017. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this contest. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on Sept. 18 will be entered into the contest.
  • The entry fee is $15 (includes a complimentary copy of the Art Prize 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 will be awarded to the winning artist. $200 and publication 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 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 December, 2017.
  • 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 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 2016 winning story appears in Issue No. 41: And the Soul Felt Its Worth. The 2015 winning story appears in Issue No. 37: Being Known. The 2014 winning story appears in Issue No. 34: Keeping Things Whole. We offer all of these in a PDF format for $5 each. 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 February18th will be entered into the contest.
  • The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of the prize issue featuring the winning work; international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy).
  • 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 the Prize Issue. $200 will be awarded to the runner-up story and publication in the Prize Issue.
  • 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 finalist judge are not eligible to compete. Nor are regular Ruminate blog contributors and close friends and family of the Ruminate staff. Previous 1st place recipients of any Ruminate Prize and previous judges of any Ruminate Prize are also not eligible to compete. 
  • 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.