Our annual $1500 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is open—submit your nonfiction now!

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

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

Deadline is Nov. 15th
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.
We will announce the finalist judge in the coming months.
Want to read a full issue?
Purchase issues featuring past Nonfiction Prize recipients here:
"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.
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