2018-2019 Issue Submission

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

General Submission Guidelines

Important Notes

  • We accept submissions from UW Tacoma students, staff, faculty and alumni. If we can not verify that the submission comes from a student, staff or faculty member or alumni, the submission will not be accepted.
  • After the pieces are chosen for publication, Tahoma West obtains the copyright to those pieces until they appear in print. This means that the writer/artist makes a contract with Tahoma West 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.
  • We accept submissions year round, however, only submissions received by the deadline will be considered for the current year’s issue. While we do hope to contact everyone regarding their submission(s), if you do not hear back on your submission prior to issue’s publication, it is safe to assume that it has not been accepted. However, we will do our best to contact everyone.
  • Material in which elements of racism, sexism, obscenity, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and/or gratuitous sex and violence dominate the piece for their own sake or shock value will not be considered.
  • Tahoma West follows a blind submission process. The editors reviewing your submissions will not see any of your identifying information unless your piece has been accepted by the journal. This is to make sure that each submission has a fair chance of getting published.
  • Our preference is for previously unpublished work, meaning that the piece has not been previously published by another literary journal or gone through a formal publication process.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted so long as you inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted.

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

  • Pieces should be between 4,000-6,000 words.
  • Please use Times New Roman (12pt), double space your work, and include page numbers.
  • Accepted file types:  .doc or .docx


  • Please use Times New Roman (12pt).
  • If your work doesn’t require a special format, please single space.
  • Accepted file types: .doc or .docx

Visual Art

  • 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 (.jpg, .tif, .pdf, .psd, .raw, or .indd are okay).
  • Include a title of the piece.
  • Though not required, we invite you to tell us about your piece. How you came about creating the piece, what inspired you, what you are hoping to do with the piece, the message you are trying to convey, anything you would like our readers to know about your work. This is completely optional and up to you.

How Do I Submit?

Include the following in an email to*:

  1. The subject line of the email should state “SUBMISSION:” followed by the genre of the work (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual arts). If you are submitting multiple pieces, you can put “SUBMISSION: Multiple Pieces” and then include the genre. If you are unsure of what the genre is, make your best guess and we can reach out to you about what you would like it to be under.
  2. In the body of your email: Include your name, UWT degree program or staff position, UW email address, title of the submission(s), and a biography (50-100 words).
  3. If you are submitting multiple pieces, please submit them in separate attachments within the same email. However, if you are submitting multiple poems, you can keep them in a single document. File type must be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.  Do not include any personally identifiable information in your submission document. We have a blind submission process, which means that our genre editors must not know anything identifying about the person submitting to make sure each person has a fair chance.

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