We're thrilled to announce that Jessica Wilbanks is serving as our finalist judge. 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. Past issues including PDF versions of the magazine are available for $5 each here.
- The submission deadline for the prize is November 15th, 2018. 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 and includes a complimentary digital copy of the Summer 2019 Issue featuring the recipients of this prize.
- 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, Jessica Wilbanks, and she will select a winner.
- Close friends and students (current & former) of our finalist judge Jessica Wilbanks 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 first-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- All submissions must be previously unpublished.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, 2019.
- 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" writing. The answer to that question is no. We are simply looking for good writing 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. You can also sign up for our emails and receive a free copy of Issue 38. Find the email sign-up form at the bottom of the page: https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/pages/submit