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$12.00 USD

Ruminate Broadside Poetry Contest 2021

2021 Judge: Hope Wabuke

Contest Deadline: August 15, 2021 (with a 3-day grace period)

Ruminate is a contemplative literary arts magazine helping you slow down, encounter poetry, stories, and art, and live awake. We invite you to enter our annual broadside poetry contest! We will print the winning poem on a limited-edition letterpress broadside featuring an original image/design inspired by the text. Please see the broadside of last year’s winner, Michael Dechane’s poem, Gladiolus, here.

Final Judge: Hope Wabuke is a Ugandan American poet, essayist, and writer. She is the author of the poetry collection The Body Family, (forthcoming from Haymarket Books) the nonfiction book Please Don't Kill My Black Son Please (forthcoming from Vintage Books) and the chapbooks her, The Leaving, and Movement No.1: Trains. She writes literary and cultural criticism for NPR, is poetry editor for Ruminate Magazine, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A former contributing editor for The Root, her work has been published in The Guardian, The Paris Review online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has won awards from the National Endowment from the Arts, Fulbright, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers, VONA Voices, and others.


  • $12 entry fee (includes a digital copy of Ruminate's upcoming issue featuring the winning poem)
  • The submission deadline for the prize is midnight August 15, 2021 (with a 3-day grace period).
  • Submit two poems (of any form) per entry. We recommend that poems be between 10 and 30 lines in length, counting each blank line used as a stanza break as well as the title line and the blank line following the title. Poems that are outside 10-30 lines are still eligible but may require smaller type to fit well on the broadside. Please only submit text; graphic elements will be added by a graphic designer after the winning poem is selected.
  • You may only upload one document, so please make sure to include both poems in the same document.
  • $500 cash prize, publication in Ruminate, and 15 copies of the limited-edition letterpress broadside will be awarded to the winner.
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in Ruminate.
  • All submissions must be anonymous: please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit, including contact info in the file name.
  • All submissions must be submitted via Submittable. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries. You may enter simultaneously submitted work as long as you notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
  • First round of judging will be performed by our preliminary judges, Michael Dechane, Janine Certo, and Jamaica Baldwin. Finalists (approximately 15-20 poems) will then be forwarded to the final judge for the final round of judging.
  • Winner will be selected by November 1st along with honorable mentions at the judge's discretion.
  • Entrants not selected for the winning broadside or honorable mention will be notified of contest results and of the editors' decision about publication of their entries by mid-November, 2021.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge, Hope Wabuke, 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: friends or family of the Ruminate staff, past first-place winners of any Ruminate Prize, and past judges of any Ruminate prize. Poets who have been previously published in Ruminate are welcome to enter.
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