Our Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize is closed.
Each year we award $1500 and publication in Ruminate to the winning poet.
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Two poems per entry;
40 lines or less

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

Deadline is February 1st 
(with a 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 a past issue featuring some of the winning poems from our 2013 Poetry Prize judged by Maurice Manning.
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"I can’t speak for all writers, but I do think I am not alone in wanting, more than anything, to be read. Read with intention. Read with appreciation. Read with pleasure. Read more than once by the same person. I will always strive for this. And no singular accomplishment has impacted this more than winning the Janet B. McCabe Prize."
—Maggie Blake Bailey, winner of Ruminate's 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Her poem, "Elizabeth Asks" appears in Issue 45: Unfinished.