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2016-2017 Issue Submission Deadlines

The FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE for our 2017 issue is: March 17th, 2017 at midnight

Submission Policies

Types of Material

Tahoma West may include poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and visual arts.

Poetry: free verse poems, rhyming poems, metered poems, lyric poems, haiku, and prose poems.

Nonfiction: lyric essays, personal narratives, memoirs, travel essays, humor writing, satirical writing, historical essays, opinion pieces, academic essays, literary reviews, micro-essays, dramatic plays, screenplays, and graphic memoirs.

Fiction: literary fiction, short mainstream fiction, adventure stories, experimental fiction, fantasy stories, historical fiction, humor stories, mysteries, romances, science fiction, suspense fiction, detective stories, dramatic plays, graphic short stories, manga, and screenplays.

Visual Arts: drawings, paintings, photographs, graphic illustrations, collages, (photos of the following:) sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fabric art, and origami.

General Submission Guidelines

We accept any thought expressed in a creative, unique, specific, and purposeful way. Material submitted without a verifiable name/student number (an anonymous submission) will not be considered. Please only submit previously unpublished work.

After the pieces are chosen for publication in Tahoma West, TW obtains the copyright to those pieces until they appear in print in May. This means that the writer/artist makes a contract with TW that they will not publish their piece with another publication until the spring issue is released to the public. After the Release Event, all rights to the piece revert back to the writer/artist. Plagiarized works will not be considered for publication. Any suspicious sources cited in any nonfiction or research essays will be verified. Material in which elements of racism, sexism, obscenity, homophobia, and/or gratuitous sex and violence dominate the piece for their own sake or shock value will not be considered.

All written work must be typed in Times New Roman (12pt.). Double Spaced.

Fiction Guidelines:

Includes literary fiction, short mainstream fiction, adventure stories, experimental fiction, fantasy stories, historical fiction, humor stories, mysteries, romances, science fiction, suspense fiction, detective stories, dramatic plays, graphic short stories, dramatic plays, graphic short stories, manga, micro-fiction, and screenplays.

Nonfiction Guidelines:

TW accepts creative nonfiction in the form of lyric essays, personal narratives, memoirs, travel essays, humor writing, satirical writing, historical essays, opinion pieces, academic essays, literary reviews, micro-essays, dramatic plays, screenplays, and graphic memoirs. Pieces should be no longer than 5000 words.

Poetry Guidelines:

Free verse poems, rhyming poems, metered poems, lyric poems, haiku, and prose poems.

Visual Art Guidelines:

Drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, origami. We are very interested in photos of campus installation works. Publication of visual art is dependant upon having a quality color and/or black-and-white reproduction of your work. Please submit an electronic copy of your work that is at least 300 dpi and approximately 5″ x 7″ in size (.jpg, .tif, .pdf, .psd, .raw, or .indd are okay).

Please include with your Artist Information (listed below) the original dimensions and media of the piece (i.e. “8×10 digital photograph of mixed media installation”).

In addition to the title of the work, we invite you to include a brief written piece on the artwork. The artist statement may be about how you decided to create the work, what inspired you, what you learned from the experience, the message you hope to inspire in others when they view your work, or if you want to inspire others without explaining the work-simply write whatever you want someone to know about the art. Please be aware that we cannot return any visual arts submission materials without prior arrangements with the editorial board.

Who May Submit Material

UW Tacoma students (from all academic disciplines), staff, alumni and faculty.

How Do I Submit?

Required Artist Information

  1. Your name
  2. Full mailing address
  3. Contact phone number
  4. UW email address
  5. Title of the Submission
  6. Submission genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art)
  7. Your degree program or staff position
  8. Short biography (50 words or less)
  9. Attach your written piece(s) as Word document(s) via email.

Submitting via Email: Tahoma West accepts email submissions at tahomaw@uw.edu e-mail link (e-mail) for written and visual work. Provide the required Artist Information (listed above) in the body of an email. Include the work being submitted as an attachment to the email. Please help us maintain your anonymity by not placing your name on the submission file attached to the email, instead use the title of the work for the file name.

Copyrights

After the pieces are chosen for publication in TW, TW obtains the copyright to those pieces until they appear in print in May. We obtain the right to publish work online or in future anthologies, though the artist may also publish their work elsewhere after the initial publication date.

Plagiarism

Plagiarized works will not be considered for publication. Any suspicious sources cited in any nonfiction or research essays will be verified.

Authorship

Material submitted without a verifiable name/student number (an anonymous submission) will not be considered.

Subject Matter and Content

Material in which elements of racism, sexism, obscenity, homophobia, and/or gratuitous sex and violence dominate the piece for their own sake or shock value will not be considered.

Political Correctness

Political correctness relates closely to subject matter. Some material may be deemed unacceptable when read within the confines of a university setting and on behalf of a literary magazine, though it may have value and worth in a different context. The views expressed in the publication do not necessarily reflect those of the TW staff or UW Tacoma, however, the staff must be aware that what the magazine chooses to publish does cast a certain light on the organization itself and its members.