Take a Creative Leap & Receive a Gift


Take a risk or leap with your creativity and tell me about it in the comments below. If your story grabs me, I’ll give you a one-year subscription to my favorite magazine.

Yesterday I received Issue 40 of Ruminate Magazine, in which my poem “Yellow” appears, winner of the Janet B. McCabe poetry contest. Entering the contest felt like a leap, after a hiatus from writing and submissions following my daughter’s birth.

It felt like recommitting to my dreams, and receiving the prize has been affirming and supportive. It’s helping me pay for childcare to work on my book. I’m grateful for a magazine that pays its contributors and runs contests like this one, because they’re committed to fostering and supporting a dynamic community of writers, artists, and readers.

To celebrate, I’d like to give the gift of a one-year subscription to a new reader.


Comment below with a few words about your creative leap by October 4th, 2016. I’ll pick my favorite story and give a one-year gift subscription to this beautiful journal of art and faith.

Be bold. Submit your writing to a journal on your reach list. Apply for a grant or a fellowship. Undertake a new project. Reach out to a fellow artist and ask them to collaborate with you. Paint a big canvas when you usually work small, or a small canvas when you usually go big. Whatever feels like a risk or a long shot, try it.

I can’t wait to hear about it.

Photo via Unsplash.

***10/5/2016 UPDATE: Congratulations to Janaya Martin and D. Allen, who will both receive one-year subscriptions to Ruminate Magazine. I loved both of your stories and am excited to share this journal with you. Thanks to everyone who responded via email and social media, as well. Congratulations on all of your creative leaping. Keep it up.***



8 thoughts on “Take a Creative Leap & Receive a Gift

  1. Congratulations! I love this. My creative leap is working on a couple of book projects. I’m plugging away even though they may never be published. 🙂 (I already have a subscription to Ruminate, so don’t enter me in the giveaway.)

  2. Congratulations, Melissa! This past year I’ve been leaping towards integrating my work as a visual artist with my work as a poet, by making lyric essays that also include drawings, paintings, and photographs. I was afraid that doing this might mean limiting my publishing options or confusing readers, but it has only yielded good things. Thank you for sharing your leap, and I look forward to hearing others’ responses!

  3. Congratulations Melissa, you are inspiring! My creative leap began a little over a year ago when I decided to self-publish my first book of poetry. It was a difficult dream to pursue; the cost and time and energy required to pull it off often pulled me away from my family. However, I wanted to show my children how important it is to follow your dreams, to be true to yourself and speak your truth. Shortly after I decided to publish my book, I also started a reading series at a local coffee shop as a way to build community. That has been one of my favorite things about writing – hearing other voices and perspectives. My book was released in March of this year and I just celebrated one year of hosting the series. I also had a baby during all of this. It’s been a wild and creative ride!

    1. Wow, congratulations to you, too Janaya! That sounds like a wild ride for sure. I really relate to your feeling of wanting to show your children that you are following your dreams, modeling that for them. It sounds like you are part of a lively community of readers and writers. Thanks for sharing your leap!

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