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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. 

  • 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. (Entry fee includes a complimentary hard copy of Ruminate if you enter by Nov. 5th. After Nov. 5th, the entry fee includes a complimentary digital 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.
  • Our final judge is Camille Dungy
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge, Camille Dungy, 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  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.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-February, 2018.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

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