Deadline: May 1, 2022 PST

Entry Fee: $20

About the contest

Final Judge: Rajiv Mohabir is the author of Cutlish, The Cowherd’s Son, and The Taxidermist’s Cut, and translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, which received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Award and the 2020 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. His essays can be found in places like Asian American Writers Workshop’s The MarginsBamboo Ridge JournalMoko MagazineCherry TreeKweli, and others, and have been a “Notable Essay” in Best American Essays 2018. His memoir Antiman received the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College and the translations editor at Waxwing Journal.

Submission guideline

  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
  • You may submit up to 3 poems per entry. You can only upload one document, so please make sure to include all poems in the same document.
  • $1000 and publication in Ruminate‘s annual prize anthology (forthcoming December 2022) will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will also receive publication. In addition, all finalists will be considered for general publication. Winners and finalists will also receive a free print copy of the prize issue.
  • The entry fee is $20 and includes a free digital copy of the prize issue. For an additional $7.50, you can opt for a print copy at a 50% discount from our regular single-issue price.
  • Up to 10 finalists will be selected and then passed to an outside judge, who will choose the winner and runner-up.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of our final judge are not eligible to compete. We define a student as someone who has taken one semester-long course or more with the judge. Those who have only studied under the judge for week-long workshops and the like are still eligible. Also not eligible to compete are: past first-place winners of any Ruminate Prize, past judges of any Ruminate prize, and friends or family of the Ruminate staff.
  • All submissions must be submitted via Submittable, our online submission manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • Submit your work here.
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