Contest Guidelines

Slippery Elm Prize Guidelines


* Due to the timing of this year’s AWP, we have extended our current submission deadlines for two weeks, until midnight on Feb. 15 EST.  While we’re excited about the fabulous work we are already receiving, we decided it would just be too tragic to have to tell everyone in Kansas City that we just closed.  So, whether you’re going to AWP or not, we’d love to see your work by Feb. 15–and if you are in KC, come see us at Table T1119!


  • $1000 prizes in Poetry & Prose
  • Submissions open annually in the fall, and close at midnight EST on Feb. 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  • All entries should be original and previously unpublished; all rights to the submitted works must belong to the submitter.
  • 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.
  • All contest entries will be considered for publication in Slippery Elm’s print issue.
  • We welcome General Submissions from all, but those currently or recently affiliated with the University of Findlay or Slippery Elm should refrain from entering the Contests.  Although judging will be blind, we wish to avoid any potential appearance of conflict of interest.


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