Five Creative Outlets in Tacoma Seeking Submissions

Tahoma West

UWT’s embattled literary magazine is still seeking submissions from students for next year’s publication. Traditionally, Tahoma West publishes annually while hosting open-mic and gallery events throughout the year, but faces big changes after budget cuts (as reported in previous issues of the Ledger). Right now, not only is Tahoma West looking for submissions, but also volunteer editors for next year’s staff.

Creative Colloquy

This submission-based literary site is run by a local group of creative individuals who also host a popular monthly open-mic night at the B Sharp Coffee House in Opera Alley. They’ve just announced a short fiction contest for writers aged 13 to 18, but anyone can submit for a chance to be published on their website or to perform alongside other local writers at B Sharp.

Post Defiance

This local arts and culture online magazine offers an outlet for creative expression. According to Managing Editor Katy Evans, “Although Post Defiance primarily publishes topical and perspective pieces, we are always delighted to feature creative works – poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction – we consider and publish it all.” For an idea of the kind of creative works Post Defiance has published, Katy recommends reading “Whether We Are Seen, An Incident at Magoo’s Annex,” ​“​Monkeyshines 2038,” “Confessions of a Christmas-loving American Atheist” and more. The popular website is also run by UWT alumni and former Tahoma West editor-in-chief Rachel Ervin Korbuszewski.

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The PSPC meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month at King’s Books for their Distinguished Writer Series. The meeting starts with a featured writer, and then they have a traditional open mic session. This poetry group, focused on connecting local writers, has been going 30 years strong according to their president, Connie Walle. The monthly meeting attracts a diverse crowd of all ages that Walle described as very welcoming for newcomers: “We love new voices and faces.” Those interested in sharing their work with the group should subscribe to their mailing list through their website.

Nearsighted Narwhal

This self-publishing store is opening soon on 6th Avenue and is seeking submissions for consignment. Co-owner Christina Wheeler said she is looking for a variety of media like books, comics or prints, and that she usually negotiates consignment submissions through the contact form available on the store website. The owners are planning a soft opening for the store on June 3, with a more celebratory grand opening to be announced later.

Illustration by Danielle Burch.

Illustration by Danielle Burch.

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