Submissions are currently closed for our print issue, and will reopen this winter.

Check out our inaugural Multimedia Contest, though, which is open now!  Send us your hypertexts, your nonlinear narratives, your videopoems, your illustrated stories! Surprise us with genres and media we hadn’t even imagined!

Multimedia Contest Guidelines:

  • First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded of $300, $200, and $100. 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  • All entries should be original and previously unpublished in an online multimedia literary context.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, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Submit here:

Annual print issue contest guidelines:

  • $1000 prizes in Poetry & Prose

  • Submissions close at midnight EST on February 1st.
  • All contest entrants will receive a copy of the winning issue and be considered for publication.
  • All entries should be original and previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • $15 entry fee for up to 3 poems (no line/length limit) or one essay or story (5000 words maximum).  Multiple entries are fine.
  • All entries must be sent through our Submittable interface.


Online only submissions

will continue to be open all year round for multimedia, longer pieces, and anything else that is better displayed outside of traditional print publication.  Click here to submit.

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