A total of two $1,000 in prizes will be awarded. All entries, accepted from the public as well as UF community members who are not associated with the magazine, should be original and previously unpublished. There is a $15 entry fee for up to three poems (no line or length limit), or one essay or story (5,000 words maximum). Multiple entries are allowable.
For more submission guidelines, visit Slippery Elm’s website.
This year’s judges will be David Garrison in poetry and Mary Grimm in Prose. Garrison has been published nationwide, been read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac” and by British actress Tara Fitzgerald on the BBC, and been featured by Ted Kooser on his website, “American Life in Poetry.”
Grimm has published a novel, “Left to Themselves,” and a story collection, “Stealing Time,” both with Random House. Her stories have been included in publications such as “The New Yorker” and “Redbook.” She teaches fiction writing at Case Western Reserve University.
Slippery Elm was founded in 2013. It is published by the University of Findlay and distributed nationwide and internationally. The journal provides educational experiences for students in editing and publishing, and represents UF as a supporter of the arts. Its name is taken from ulmus rubra, the unassuming but versatile hardwood that flourishes in Northwest Ohio.