Our annual $1500 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize is closed.

Two poems per entry;
40 lines or less.

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

Deadline is May 15th (plus 3-day grace period).
Our Finalist Judge is Ilya Kaminsky
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR, and arrived in USA in 1993, when his family was granted asylum. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press), Deaf Republic (forthcoming from Graywolf) and several other books. He has edited many collections of poems and essays, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) which has been called "a modern classic." His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in Turkey, Netherlands, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain, and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. His other awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, The Whiting Writers Award, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. Recently, his new poems were included into Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.
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.
Want to read a full issue?
Purchase issues featuring past Poetry Prize recipients here:
"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
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