Each year we award $500 and publication to the winning poet.
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Two poems per entry; 10 to 30 lines each
Entry fee is $12 (includes a digital copy of Ruminate)
Deadline is August 15th (plus 3-day grace period)
Kristin George Bagdanov earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Colorado State University and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at U.C. Davis. Her poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Puerto Del Sol, and other journals. Her collection of poetry, Fossils in the Making, was published this spring by Black Ocean. Her chapbook Diurne, which won the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in summer 2019. She has been the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine since 2014. More at kristingeorgebagdanov.com or @KristinGeorgeB.
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"Poetry is the only thing I really have. The thing that lets me know I’m here. So when my poems are published or heard, in that moment, I know I really exist."
—Paula Harris, winner of the 2019 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize