Kalos Foundation Visual Art Prize

We invite you to enter our annual art contest–Ruminate’s Kalos Art Prize. If you haven’t read Ruminate and would like to get a better feel for the type of visual artwork that we publish, you can order a copy of Issue 39: Magnificent Frailty, featuring the 2016 Kalos Prize recipient, Issue 33: Artist as Seer featuring the 2015 Kalos Prize recipient, Issue 30: The Body featuring the 2014 Kalos Prize recipient, or Issue 26: In the Margins featuring the 2013 Kalos Prize recipient. We also offer a discounted bundle of past issues featuring the Kalos Prize recipients.

Art Contest Guidelines:
  • We are pleased to announce that Scott Kolbo will be serving as our final juror.
  • The submission deadline for the visual art contest is September 15th, 2016. Ed. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this contest. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on Sept. 18 will be entered into the contest.
  • The entry fee is $15 (includes a complimentary copy of the Spring 2017 Issue, international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy).
  • You may submit up to three images per entry fee–please submit a sampling of images from a larger body of work.
  • $500 cash prize and publication in the Spring 2017 Issue will be awarded to the winning artist. $200 and publication in the Spring 2017 Issue will also be awarded to the second-place artist.
  • A reviewing of all entries will be conducted by a Ruminate panel, who will select 15 artists as finalists. The final juror, Scott Kolbo, will then select the winning artists.
  • Close friends, family, and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete. Nor are Ruminate bloggers, past 1st place Kalos Prize recipients, close friends or family of the RUMINATE staff, or past Kalos Prize judges.
  • We do not accept previously published work, meaning work published in other magazine or journals.
  • Artists must have PRINT-quality images available upon request (a minimum of 300 dpi).
  • You may submit multiple entries.
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in late December, 2016.
  • If you need to make a correction to your submission, such as removing your contact info, please use the “Allow Edit Requests” function in Submittable.




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. This Contest Code of Ethics was developed with writing contests in mind, but we apply the same integrity to our visual art contests. “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 writing and art contests: our visual art contest, poetry contest, short story contest, and nonfiction contest. We are one of the only Christian-minded literary magazines to sponsor writing and art contests, and while our contests–just like our magazine–are not defined as Christian poetry contests, Christian short story contests, Christian essay contests, or Christian art contests, we do believe we are providing a forum for the conversation between art and faith to exist and continue. Past winners from the Ruminate Magazine writing contests have been recognized by Poets & Writers Magazine and have received notable mention awards in The Best American Short Stories anthology and The Best American Essays anthology or have gone on to appear in other collections or anthologies. Past finalist judges of our contests include artists and writers such as: Bruce Herman, Sandra Bowden, Melissa Weinman, Mary McCleary, Bret Lott, David James Duncan, Mark Richard, Luci Shaw, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vito Aiuto, Li-Young Lee, and Leif Enger. It is our hope our writing contests provide a significant venue for our talented contributors to receive the support and recognition they deserve.