Contest submissions as well as free General submissions are open below, until midnight on Feb. 1 EST.

As a purely nonprofit organization, if you like what we’re doing with Slippery Elm, we especially appreciate your support of our mission in the form of a contest submission.  Entry is only $15, and all entrants will receive a copy of the Spring 2020 issue.  Thanks for considering!


Slippery Elm Prize Guidelines

  • $1000 prizes in Poetry & Prose
  • 2021 Judges: Conor Bracken and Gina Willner-Pardo
  • 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  • All entries should be original and previously unpublished; all rights to the submitted works must belong to the submitter.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.

Please post one original, previously unpublished essay or story per entry of up to 5000 words here.  All entrants will receive a copy of our 2021 issue!






Please post up to three original, previously unpublished poems per entry here, as a single document.  All entrants will receive a copy of our 2021 issue!

Submit one original, previously unpublished story or essay here.  There's no fee for regular submissions, but contest entrants get a copy of the winning issue.  Pieces longer than 5000 words present a difficult fit for our print issue, but we may consider longer works for online publication.





Submit 1-3 original, previously unpublished poems here.  There's no fee for regular submissions, but contest entrants get a copy of the winning issue.

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