The VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is closed.
Every year we award $1500 and publication to the winning writer.
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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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"Winning the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize is tremendously validating. Having my essay appear alongside the beautiful work in Ruminate is an honor, one that motivates me to continue combing through the hazy but oh-so-rich terrain of personal experience, truth, and spirit."
—Sonja Livingston, winner of the 2017 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 (plus 3-day grace period)