2017-2018 Issue Submission Deadline

The FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE for our 2018 issue is March 15th, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

**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

  • Submissions must be from UW Tacoma students, alumni, staff, or faculty. Material submitted without a verifiable name/student number (an anonymous submission) will not be considered.
  • After the pieces are chosen for publication, Tahoma West obtains the copyright to those pieces until they appear in print in May. 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.
  • 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.
  • Our preference is for previously unpublished work, however, we understand that sometimes people get excited to share a new piece of writing on their personal blog or Facebook page. With that in mind, please only send work that has not been previously published by another literary journal or 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 not exceed 5,000 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), single spaced unless your submission requires a special format.
  • 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).
  • 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.

How Do I Submit?

Include the following in an email to*:

  1. The subject line of your email should state “SUBMISSION:” followed by the genre of the submitted work (e.g. “SUBMISSION: Fiction”). If submitting multiple pieces, you can put “Multiple Pieces” in place of the title, but please put each genre in it’s own file (you can include multiple poems in one .doc).
  2. In the body of your email: Include your name, UWT degree program or staff position, UW email address, title of the submission, genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art), and a short biography (50 words or fewer).
  3. Attach your submission as a single document with the title of the piece at the top. (File type must be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf).  Do not include any personally identifiable information in your submission document.

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