Deanna Tulley Multimedia Prize – Contest Guidelines

Our Multimedia Contest is open, for its sixth year! Send us your hypertexts, your nonlinear narratives, your videopoems, your illustrated stories! Surprise us with genres and media we hadn’t even imagined!

  • First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded of $300, $200, and $100. The First Place Prize is dedicated to Deanna Tulley, for her support and encouragement of educators and everyone working with words.
  • See recent multimedia work we’ve published, including last year’s contest finalists, here.
  • Slippery Elm staff will judge.
  • All submitted work will be considered for online publication.
  • All entries should be original and previously unpublished in an online multimedia literary context. More specifically, if a piece has been shared around a bit or seen moderate traffic on your own personal social media or webpage, we’re OK with that, but we want work that we publish to be generally new to the world and to our readers. Contact us if you have questions! Substantially altered multimedia works that have previously appeared in print or conventional text-only formats are welcome.
  • All rights to the submitted works must belong to the submitter.
  • We are a literary magazine, so we’re interested in the words: narrative or poetic elements should be prominent, in either text or spoken word.
  • All entries must be sent through our Submittable interface, either as uploaded file or external link.
  • Works must be viewable in a commonly available format, that we can post and share from the Slippery Elm website or link out to on your own site. Submittable will accept a pretty impressive array of formats, but if you don’t see yours on the Upload list, Ask us! A direct link is fine, too, included in your Cover Letter, in which case, no upload is necessary.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • $10 per entry. Multiple entries are fine.
  • Submissions will close at midnight Eastern time on September 30.
  • Those currently or recently affiliated with the University of Findlay or Slippery Elm should refrain from entering this Contest. Although judging will be blind, we wish to avoid any potential appearance of conflict of interest.


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