2019 April 1
by Tahoma West

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their work for the 2018-2019 edition of Tahoma West. We are closed for submissions at this time. We will make an announcement when the issue launches, the launch party and when the 2019-2020 submission period is open. Thank you again and keep on creating!

Submission Extention

2019 March 31
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West has decided to extend the submission deadline for their upcoming issue to TONIGHT! Submitters now have until midnight tonight to submit their work. Happy Submitting!

Logo Contest Extension

2019 March 3
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West’s Logo Contest, originally ended on March 1st. However, Tahoma West is extending the deadline to April 26th, 2019. Along with the extension, it has come to our attention that a few more guidelines need to be added.



  • The image must be at least 300dpi (dots per inch). If it is lower than 300, the image will come out fuzzy and can’t be read properly.
  • The design must be legible and clear.
  • The design must be school appropriate.
  • The logo should contain the name “Tahoma West”. Not all students know about Tahoma West, therefore we need to have the name on there as well.


  • Send your logo design to Tahoma West via email: tahomaw@uw.edu
  • File types preferred is png, but we also accept jpg.

Questions can be sent via email or come by the office during office hours in MAT 108

SLAM Poetry with Ebony Stewart

2019 January 24
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West is proud to partner with Wordlings, University of Washington Tacoma’s Creative Writing Club, and the Student Activities Board to host a SLAM Poetry night with Ebony Stewart. It will be held in WPH Building on the UWT campus at 5:30pm.

Ebony Stewart is a three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas, voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. And is the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. She will be on campus hosting the slam poetry and performing. Come and support your fellow students and enjoy a night of poetry.

Winter Quarter Events!

2018 December 27
by Tahoma West

Hello everyone! With Winter Quarter starting at the University of Washington Tacoma starting up on January 7th, 2019, we wanted to let you know what Tahoma West has planned (so far) for the upcoming quarter!

On January 9th, we will have our own booth at the Winter Quarter Involvement Fair happening during the lunch hour! Come by to pick up flyers for future events, contest information, submission information, free issues and swag and to meet our staff or just say hi!

Also on January 9th we will be having our monthly open mic night at The Swiss Pub and Grill! If you have, or know anyone who has something they would like to showcase, please come on by and share your work! Sign ups will begin at 5:30PM and the performances will start at 6:00PM!

Now until February 15th we are hosting an Association of Writers and Writing Programs Tag Along Contest! Submit your poetry, fiction or non-fiction to us by the 15th for a chance to travel to Portland, Oregon to attend the biggest writing conference in the U.S.A.! Travel, lodging and entrance to the conference is FREE! So submit your work!

Now until March 1st, Tahoma West is looking for a new look for our logo! Submit your logo design to us for a chance to have it appear on future event flyers and ads, swag items and more!

Now until March 30th we are accepting submissions from UWT students, staff, faculty and alumni! Submit your poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual arts to us for a chance to be in our upcoming issue that will be released at the end of Spring Quarter!

We currently do not have office hours set in place. We will post new office hours within the first few weeks of the quarter! If you have any questions feel free to email us at tahomaw@uw.edu with any questions you might have!

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Tag-along Contest

2018 November 30
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West is hosting an Association of Writers and Writing Programs Tag-along Contest! Send in your creative works for a chance to travel to Portland Oregon for the AWP Conference!

What is AWP?

AWP, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, is the largest writing conference held annually in the United States. There are panels with different writers, speakers and publications, a book fair filled with publications and literary journals from across the country, and various events to meet people in the writing community! To find out more about AWP, visit their website. https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/


  • Submit by February 15th, 2019
  • Fiction and Nonfiction: 5 pages maximum
  • Poetry: 5 poems maximum
  • A Word 2-3 page maximum statement of why you want to go to AWP
  • Your creative work and statement need to be free of any identifying information!!!!!!!! We go through a blind submission process, so creative work and statement need to be free of identifying information to make it as fair as possible!


  • Send your creative work to tahomaw@uw.edu with the subject line AWP CONTEST with the genre of your piece. EX: “AWP CONTEST: Poetry”
  • In the body of the email please put the following:
    1.  First and Last Name
    2. UW NetID (to verify that you are a student)
    3. Standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)
    4. Major or intended major
  • Attach the Word document and the creative work. These should be separate documents.

Possible Questions:

When is the conference?

Tahoma West will be traveling to Oregon from March 27th-30th 2019 via the Amtrak.

What will it cost me?

Travel, lodging and entrance expenses will be covered! Only cost the winner needs to plan for is food, souvenirs and traveling from the lodging location and the conference.

What am I expected to do at the conference?

The conference is free for you to explore! Go to panels, check out the book fair, etc.

Are there rules for me going to the conference with Tahoma West?

Since Tahoma West has received the money from the University of Washington, we still need to abide by UW’s and act as if we are still on campus. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t go out and have fun as well!

If I win, what do I need to do to prepare before going to AWP?

There will be a few forms that need to be filled out for expenses and getting tickets, passes, etc. It would also be a good idea to meet the staff as well. We will send out a reminder of essentials to pack for as well as the date draws near.

How will this affect school?

The conference takes place after Winter Quarter finals week ends and we will be coming back a couple days before the first day of Spring Quarter, so you won’t have to worry about missing classes or finals!


Happy Writing!


Logo Design Contest

2018 November 30
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West is hosting a Logo Design Contest! You have a chance to design a new logo for Tahoma West! The winner’s design will be featured in our new issue that will be released in May 2019 and on the future merchandise and flyers for the following year!

Submission Deadline:

March 1st, 2019 11:59 PM


  • The image must be at least 300dpi (dots per inch). If it is lower than 300, the image will come out fuzzy and can’t be read properly
  • The design must be legible and clear
  • The design must be school appropriate

How To Submit:

  • Send your logo design to Tahoma West via eamil: tahomaw@uw.edu
  • File type preferred is png, but we will also accept jpg

If you have any questions, feel free to email us or stop by our office in MAT 108!

Happy Designing!


Monthly Open Mic Night with The Swiss

2018 November 28
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West is happy to announce that The Swiss has booked us for monthly open mic nights! We are booked for the next few months to see how it goes. So far, we have December 5th, January 7th, February 6th, and March 6th from 5:30-8:00PM. We hope to see you there! Our next one is December 5th!

SLAM Poetry Night with SAB and Anthem!

2018 November 28
by Tahoma West

November 29th, Tahoma West teams up with University of Washington Tacoma’s Student Activities Board and Anthem Coffee to present SLAM Poetry Night! Got something to share, story to tell, something to get off of your chest? Love listening to poetry? Love great coffee, food and atmosphere? Come down to Anthem Coffee & Tea in downtown Tacoma across from the Tacoma campus. Hosted from 6:30-8:30 PM. All are welcome and family friendly!


Open Mic Night

2018 October 25
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West is proud to partner with The Swiss to host an Open Mic Night!

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 7th. Sign up will begin at 5:30pm and performances will run from 6pm-8pm. This is a family friendly event with great food and drinks. Bring your friends and family to showcase your talents and show what you got!