-We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished.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.

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Ruminate is looking for guest bloggers to write for the Ruminate blog on our website! Feel free to 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. 

Ruminate Blog Post Submission Guidelines

  • The Ruminate Blog publishes posts on topics including (but not limited to): 
  • Submissions are limited to 400-800 words
  • Please submit a 100 word or less bio (including relevant publications) to be published with your submission if accepted
  • Any facts/statistics/claims should be cited using MLA style
  • Any relevant or helpful links should be included in the body of your submission

Best Practices for Blogging

In our experience, blog posts that solve a problem, answer a question, or discuss a topical issue are the most successful. Web readers read differently than print readers; web readers skim. There are a few best practices we’ve found to help web readers click on and stay engaged with your article.

  • Use a clear, unambiguous, engaging title. (E.g. How to Give Helpful Feedback to an Artist)
  • Use bulleted lists
  • Bold important sentences/text 
  • Use engaging headers
  • Short paragraphs (3-5 sentences max)
Ends on January 15, 2017

Submit 3-5 poems with no more than 60 lines per poem. 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.

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.


Below is the editorial vision of our poetry editor, Kristin George Bagdanov:

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.
Ends on March 31, 2017
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. 
Ends on February 18, 2017$ 20.00
$ 20.00

We invite you to enter the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. We will announce the judge in the coming weeks. 

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.


  • The submission deadline for the short story contest is February 15, 2017. 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.
  • $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 recipients of the Short Story Prize and previous judges of the Short Story Prize are also not eligible to compete. 
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-April, 2017.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
  • As a magazine whose tagline is "chewing on life, faith, and art," 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 May 14, 2017

We accept all forms of creative nonfiction—essays, short memoirs, literary journalism, etc.  We only accept pieces that are under 5,500 words. You may only submit one nonfiction piece per reading period. We currently pay nonfiction contributors $15 per 400 words and in contributor copies.