Our VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is closed.

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

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

Deadline is Oct. 27th (plus 3-day grace period)
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 winning essay: "Father of Disorder" by Jessica Wilbanks.
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"Without knowing where this essay would go, without knowing whether anything would ever come of this essay, it found a home in Ruminate. This is a beautiful home. Thank you to Ruminate and to finalist judge Camille Dungy for finding a home for these words. They are happy to be here."
—Jonathan Winston Jones,
winner of the 2018 VanderMey Nonfiction prize for "Bison Clouds" in Issue No. 47: Hauntings