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Our finalist judge was Shane McCrae.
Poet Shane McCrae grew up in Texas and California. The first in his family to graduate from college, McCrae earned a BA at Linfield College, an MA at the University of Iowa, an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a JD at Harvard Law School. McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, including Mule (2011), Blood (2013), and The Animal Too Big to Kill (2015); his work has also been featured in The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler. His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. McCrae teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University and at Oberlin College.
"I'm still a little bit in shock and just so excited to have the much needed means to support my writing. That it comes from a magazine and community I respect and admire makes it all the more delightful."
—Melissa Resser Poulin, winner of Ruminate's 2016 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize
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 a past issue featuring some of the winning poems from our 2013 Poetry Prize judged by Maurice Manning.

Two poems per entry;
40 lines or less.

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

Deadline is May 15th (3-day grace period).