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Ruminate is a community of creators cultivating authentic selves, nourishing conversations, and sustaining life together through action and art. We are particularly excited about sharing work from voices and perspectives that aren't often heard. Ruminate Magazine is our print journal that explores and reexamines the most pressing themes, myths, and issues that connect us as humans. We are interested in literary poems, short stories, and essays that ask questions and make connections—whether about the environment, human nature, or topics beyond our comprehension. The Waking is our online literary magazine that houses high-quality literary writing about what it’s like to be human. We are interested in short-form prose and visual-text hybrid work. This art can be beautiful, it can be strange; we just ask that it feels true.
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Jess Jelsma Masterton
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, translation, audio, video
Recent Awards Received
Best American Essays Notable, Best American Short Story Notable, Best of the West Notable
Ruminate Magazine currently pays $20/page for poetry and prose and $20/image for visual art. The Waking offers an honorarium of $10 and a complimentary back issue of Ruminate Magazine (normally $15 each). We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished (a piece that has had a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online, is considered previously published).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 agree to allow Ruminate Magazine or The Waking 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. To help keep our queue moving, please wait to resubmit in a specific genre until you've received a response and wait 6 months before inquiring about the status of your submission.
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3 - 6 months
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Poetry Contest, William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, Broadside Poetry Prize
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