TAHOMA WEST accepts creative submissions of prose, poetry, and visual art from members of the UW Tacoma community. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni may submit as many creative works as they like for consideration. Outside submissions will not be accepted.

In previous years, we have accepted submissions to our print edition only, produced at the end of May each year. This year we are also accepting submissions to be selected for online publication. We accept all submissions year round. However, works submitted to our print publication will only appear in the issue if we receive them before the deadline of any given academic year, while works submitted to our online publication will be selected throughout the year.

This year’s volume will include a theme of socially-engaged art; however, we are accepting submissions of all topics. Socially-engaged art works to represent perspectives from all walks of life in order to better understand and create conversation around diverse experiences. Some of these perspectives may include discrimination (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, etc.), environmentalism, poverty, immigration, police brutality, homelessness, and mental illness among others. We seek to create a stronger sense of interconnectedness in this divisive time through representation and recognition of different perspectives. If you have any other questions about this theme, feel free to email us or visit us during our office hours on zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/j/93443112005.

The deadline for Volume 25 of TAHOMA WEST will be midnight on Friday, March 26th 2021.

We utilize a blind submission process at TAHOMA WEST. Our Editor-In-Chief receives the submissions through our email sever. They then distribute the submission to the related genre editor without a name attached in order to engage in discussion and decision around the piece without bias. 

Please take your time and follow the guidelines below when submitting. Failure to follow the submission guidelines may result in the rejection of your submission. For clarification on terms, see our glossary.


Submissions should be sent by email to tahomaw@uw.edu. Please utilize the following guidelines:

  1. SUBJECT LINE: The subject line of the email should state “SUBMISSION” followed by the genre of the work (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art). If you are submitting multiple pieces, your subject line will be “SUBMISSION: Multiple Pieces” followed by the genres. If you are unsure of your genre, choose which you believe to be most appropriate, and we can later reach out for clarification.
  2. BODY: In the body of your email, include your name, UWT degree program or staff position, UW email address, the title of each submission with your preferred publishing location (print, online, or both), and a biography (50-100 words). If you are an alumni who no longer has a UWT NetID, you may use your personal email address and degree program/career.
  3. ATTACHMENT: Submit your creative work as an attachment. Use the file type specified for each category of submission, listed below this section.

*We do not accept physical submissions or submissions sent in by mail unless arrangements have been made with the TAHOMA WEST staff in advance. 

Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction

– Submission may be up to 4000 words.
– Times New Roman (12pt), double-spaced, with page numbers.
– Accepted file types: .doc or .docx
– If you have multiple short stories or essays, please submit them as separate attachments.


– Times New Roman (12pt).
– If your work does not require a special format, single space.
– Accepted file types: .doc or .docx
– Multiple poems may be sent in a single attachment. Separate each poem by a page break and include the individual titles above their text.

Visual Art

– Publication of visual art is dependant upon having a quality color or black and white reproduction of your work. Submit an electronic copy of your work that is at least 300 dots-per-inch (dpi). If you are unsure how to check or change your image’s dpi, please contact us prior to submitting.
– Accepted file types: .jpg  .tif .pdf .psd .raw
– Preferred file type: .jpg
– Include the title of the piece in the body of your email. If piece is untitled, write “Untitled”.
– Include a brief description of your piece in the body of your email. Examples may include how you came about creating the piece, what inspired you, the purpose of the piece, the message you are working to convey, or anything else you would like our readers to know about your work.


We seek to keep our journal open to all people. In that spirit, submissions that seek to discriminate against a group of people — any material in which elements of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, or gratuitous sex and violence dominate the piece for shock value — will not be considered. These topics can certainly be present if discussed in a tasteful, respectful, non-derogatory way.

After submissions are chosen for publication, TAHOMA WEST obtains the copyright to those pieces until they appear in print. The writer/artist cannot publish their piece with another publication until the volume is released to the public. This is a short period of time — about two months — at the end of which the publication will host a release event, and all rights to the piece thereafter revert back to the writer/artist.

Our preference is for previously unpublished work, indicating that the piece has not been previously published by another literary journal or undergone a formal publication process. You may submit your work to other journals at the same time as TAHOMA WEST — formally referred to as a simultaneous submission — as long as you inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.