Writing Contests and Art Contests

Ruminate Magazine hosts annual art contests and writing contests each year. They are our annual poetry contest, short story contest, nonfiction contest, spiritual nonfiction contest, and visual art contest.

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize – Open!

We invite you to enter the 2017 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize!


Kalos Foundation Visual Art Prize – Closed

The 2017 Kalos Visual Art Prize is not open yet.

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize – Closed

The 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize is not open yet.

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize – Closed

The 2017 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is not open yet.

Ruminate’s Spiritual Nonfiction Prize – Closed

The 2017 Spiritual Nonfiction Prize is not open yet.

Please Note: Ruminate adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines, of which Ruminate is a proud member: “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

Ruminate Magazine sponsors four annual contests: our art contest, poetry contest, short story contest, and nonfiction contest. We are one of the only Christian-minded literary magazines to sponsor short story contests, poetry contests, and nonfiction contests, and art contests. And while our contests–just like our magazine–are not defined as Christian poetry contests or Christian fiction contests or Christian essay contests, we do strive to provide a forum for the conversation between art and faith to exist and continue. Past winners from Ruminate’s contests have been recognized by Poets & Writers Magazine and have received notable mention awards in The Best American Short Stories anthology and Best American Essays anthology and have appeared in the Best of the West anthology and the Puschart Prize anthology. Past finalist judges of our contests include Bret Lott, David James Duncan, Luci Shaw, Vito Aiuto, Greg Wolfe, Al Haley, Stephanie G’Schwind, Walter Wangerin, Jr., Sandra Bowden, Bruce Herman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Li-Young Lee, Mark Richard, and Leif Enger. It is our hope that our writing and art contests provide a significant venue for our talented contributors to receive the support and recognition they deserve.