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.


  • 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 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:
  • 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!


2018 October 12
by Tahoma West

Tahoma West has new office hours start Monday, October 15th in MAT 108. These hours will be for Autumn Quarter, and each day different staff members will be in the office for you to come and chat with and ask questions.

Mondays: Juin-Poetry Editor (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Tuesdays: Cynthia-Fiction Editor (9:00 AM-12:00 PM)

Wednesdays: Josh-Nonfiction Editor (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)

Thursdays: Niko-Visual Arts Editor (9:00 AM-12:00 PM)

Fridays: Jordan-Editor-in-Chief (12:30 PM-2:30 PM)

Horror Writing Workshop

2018 October 10
by Tahoma West

Come join Tahoma West in our Horror Writing Workshop in the Tioga Library Building (TLB) room 115 on Thursday, October 18th from 12:20-1:20. Meet our staff, ask questions and meet some writing peers. Also, free candy! Join us to get in the Halloween spirit!

4th Annual Creative Colloquy Lit Crawl

2018 October 1
by Tahoma West

Tuesday, October 2nd will be Creative Colloquy’s 4th annual Lit Crawl, a special reading event where writers come together at various locations across the Tacoma area to read their works! Venues include Kings Books, Doyle’s Public House, Harmon, The Mix, Stink and Anthem. For more information including times and places, check out their website!

~Creative Colloquy Crawl~

Jordan Bowers and Niko Montague, our editor-in-chief and one of our genre editors, will be participating in the Lit Crawl this year! They will be at Anthem Coffee and Tea on 102 N G Street. The readings will start at 6:00p.m. Come and hear their work, talk to them, and support the other readers at the event!

We hope to see you there!

Genre Editor Selection 2018-2019

2018 August 29
by Tahoma West

Thank you to all who applied for the genre editor position here at Tahoma West for 2018-2019. We have selected our staff, and you can see their biographies on the masthead.

Genre Editors Needed 2018-2019

2018 July 18
by Tahoma West

Genre editors are needed for the 2018-2019 year! Genre editors will need to be attending the full year, September 2018-June 2019.

As a genre editor, there will be mandatory weekly staff meetings, assisting in hosting and advertising events, gathering and going through submissions, helping put together the annual issue of Tahoma West, etc.

If interested, go to for the application, which lists the full job description and responsibilities of a genre editor. If there are any questions, feel free to email us at