2018-2019 Issue Submission


Tahoma West accepts creative submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual arts from the UW Tacoma community. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni may submit as many creative works as they would like for consideration. Outside submissions, no matter how good, will not be accepted (sorry).

We accept submissions year-round. However, only submissions submitted before the deadline of any given academic year will appear in the issue that appears that following May. Submissions sent in afterword will be considered for the following years issue.

The deadline for the Volume 23 Tahoma West is March 30th, 11:59 pm.

*Please take the time to review and follow the guidelines when submitting–they are there to help you succeed. Failure to follow the submission guidelines may result in the rejection of your submission(s). For clarifications and questions, see our glossary or email us ( *

How Do I Submit?

Submissions should be sent by email to Please use the following guidelines:

  1. The subject line of the email should state “SUBMISSION”: followed by the genre of the work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual arts) An example for a poetry submission, the line of the email would state; “SUBMISSION: POETRY”. If you are submitting multiple pieces, you can put “SUBMISSIONS: Multiple Pieces” followed by the genre or genres. If submitting multiple genres, please include the genre in the title of the documents. If you are unsure of what the genre is, make your best guess and we will discuss where your piece fits or where you would like it under.
  2. In the body of the email: include your name, UWT degree program or staff position, UW email address, and the title of the submission(s) and a biography (50-100 words roughly).
  3. Submit your work as an attachment: use the file type specified for each category of submissions listed below.
  4. Do not include your name or any personally identifiable information in your attached work!!! We go through a blind submission process, which means that our genre editors must not know anything identifying about the person submitting their work to make sure their judgement is unbiased and everyone has a fair chance. If your work is selected, the editor-in-chief will use your email to re-match your name to the submission.

*We do not accept physical submissions or submissions sent in by mail unless arrangements have been made with the Tahoma West staff beforehand.

Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Pieces should be no more than 5-10 pages in length, but can be less than 5 pages.
  • Use Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced with page numbers.
  • Accepted files: .doc or .docx
  • If you are submitting multiple pieces, submit them as separate attachments.


  • Pieces should be no more than 4-5 pages in length, but can be less than 4 pages.
  • If your work doesn’t require a special format, use single spacing, Times New Roman 12pt font and include page numbers if there are multiple pages.
  • Accepted files: .doc or .docx
  • If you are submitting multiple pieces, submit them as separate attachments.

Visual Art

  • Publication of visual art is dependent on having quality color and/or black-and-white reproduction of your work. Please submit an electronic copy of your work that is at least 300 dots-per-inch (dpi). If it is not at least 300 dpi, the image may come out fuzzy or blurry in print.
  • Preferred file type: .jpg
  • Other accepted file types: .tif, .pdf, .raw, or .psd
  • If your piece as a title, include it in the body of the email. If there is no title, just put “Untitled”.
  • Though not required, you are more than welcome to tell us about your piece; how you came about creating it, inspiration, goals, message, etc. This is completely optional and up to you.

Important Notes

  • We seek to keep our journal open to all people. In the spirit of this, submissions that seek to shout out a group of people–any material in which elements of racism, sexism, obscenity, homophobia, trans-phobia, ableism, and/or gratuitous sex and violence dominate the piece for their own sake or shock value–will not be considered for publication. These topics can certainly be present if discussed in a tasteful, respectful and non-derogatory manner.
  • After submissions have been chosen for publication, Tahoma West obtains the copyright to those pieces until they appear in print. The writer/artist must not publish their piece with another publication until the spring issue is released to the public. Don’t worry! This is a short period of time of about two months. After the release event, all rights to the piece revert back to the writer/artist.
  • Our preference is for previously unpublished work, meaning that the piece has not been previously published by another literary journal or gone through a formal publication process.
  • You may submit your work to other journals at the same time as Tahoma West (a “simultaneous submission”) as long as you inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at