Our annual VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is currently closed.
Each year, our nonfiction contest awards $1500 and publication in Ruminate.
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when the Nonfiction Prize opens:
Learn about our current VanderMey Prize recipient,
Tony Lusvardi, whose essay appears in Issue 40:
"I wrote my essay with Ruminate in mind and am just thrilled to have it appear in such a great magazine."
—Tony Lusvardi, winner of the 2016 VanderMey Nonfiction prize.

Essay/short memoir must be 5,500 words or less

Entry fee is $20 (includes a copy of Ruminate)

Deadline is Nov. 15th
We will announce the finalist judge in the coming months.
As with all our submissions, we highly recommend reading a copy of the magazine to better understand the type of work we are looking for.

Download a free excerpt from Issue No. 24 featuring our 2012 Nonfiction Prize essay: "Father of Disorder" by Jessica Wilbanks.