Each submission to the Winter and Spring online editions of Élan are automatically entered into the Élan Magazine Art and Writing Contest.

One writing piece and one art piece are chosen by the judges. The winners are rewarded with a cash prize and recognition in the magazine, as well as their own copy of Élan.

2017-2018 Writing Judge:

Jamal Parker is a Black writer, performer and teaching artist residing in Philadelphia, PA. He’s a Two Time International Poetry Slam Champion, having won Brave New Voices (2015) and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (2016). He holds the title of The Philly Pigeon’s 2017 Grand Slam Winner, and was listed as one of the Top 10 Must Read Poets of Color by BookRiot. In 2017 he was a coach for Temple University’s Slam Team, which earned the title of Co-Champions at CUPSI. That summer he also served as a coach for PYPM’s Team Black, who made Finals Stage at BNV and finished 4th in the world.
Jamal is a Watering Hole Fellow, a 2014 Arts for Life Award Recipient, and a judge for the Campaign of Black Male Achievement’s first ever National Poetry Contest in 2017. In literature press, he served as the Poetry Editor for (b)oinkzine and was the Social Media Coordinator for ÉLAN Magazine. He is an alumn of Brave New Voices, Philly Youth Poetry Movement, The Write (Young Voices), Gustavus Adolphus Slam Camp (Indiana University Slam Institute), and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He’s been blessed to perform, present workshops, and facilitate panels for The Art + Business Council of Philadelphia, The Kimmel Foundation, YouthSpeaks, The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Conference, The Philadelphia Foundation and Rumble Young Man Rumble.
Currently, Jamal is the Artistic Director of Babel Poetry Collective at Temple, where he directs and produces poetry showcases. He also is the Co-Founder and Outreach Coordinator of the multi-genred Black Boy Fly Collective. His written work can be found in L’Éphémère Review, Dylandlit Press, (b)oinkzine, WusGood Magazine, The Altar Collective, Cunjuh Mag, Teenage Wasteland, and Poetry Nook.

2017-2018 Art Judge:

Tiffany Manning is a commercial photographer and abstract artist with over twenty years of experience. As a self-taught painter, she approaches her work as a grand experiment, testing hypotheses as she goes. Some of the results compel her to stay a while and get to know them better and some are more fleeting. She is always operating from a place of complete creative freedom, to do whatever makes her happy. Within the sacred space of her studio, located in the Cork Arts District in Jacksonville, Mannning states, “The world falls away. Beautiful music floats upon airwaves and infinite potential on my canvas. My mind soars – I dance. I am limitless and completely present with myself. And when there is nothing left to say or do, all that remains is a pure expression of joy.”
Manning’s art has been featured at many leading galleries and museums including, Stellers Gallery Ponte Vedra, South Gallery, The Space Gallery, CoRK Arts District, Jax Makerspace, Southlight Gallery, and The Cummer Museum.

Check back in June for the 2017-2018 Contest Winners!