BY CHRYSTAL RANDOLPH
For the UAS Whalesong
If you are an artist, poet, or writer currently living in Southeast Alaska, you should consider submitting your work to Tidal Echoes! Tidal Echoes is the region’s literary and arts journal, produced here in Juneau by a team of the University of Alaska Southeast’s students and faculty. The journal showcases and celebrates the talented community of artists and writers living in Southeast; it strives to bring the vision and voice of these storytellers, carvers, photographers, and many more to the page for everyone to experience.
Southeast Alaskans send in their creative works every year for consideration to be included in Tidal Echoes. The journal has three submission categories: prose, poetry, and artwork. Any full-time resident of Southeast Alaska is eligible to submit their work. You are allowed to submit three prose pieces, provided that each piece is no longer than 10 double-spaced pages. Partial pieces of longer works will also be considered, provided they can stand alone as cohesive pieces. You may submit five poems in the poetry category. Please keep in mind that the journal’s editors will preserve the format of your poem in the journal, so it is important to ensure that your piece looks exactly as you would like it to appear on the page when you submit it. Tidal Echoes accepts artwork from all mediums, including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, painting, and drawing. You can submit up to five pieces of artwork to the journal. Artwork must be submitted in a digital format (.tif or .jpg) and needs to be at least 1800 pixels wide. Submissions must include the title of each piece, as well as the medium.
In the past the journal received all of these submissions via email or snail mail, but this year the Tidal Echoes’ team moved to an online submission form through Submittable. The online form streamlines the submission process for artists and writers alike. If you are interested in submitting, simply enter the following link into your web browser to begin the submission process: http://universityofalaskasoutheast.submittable.com/submit.
Once you have navigated to this page, follow these steps five steps:
1.) Select which of the 3 categories you are submitting to and click on the submit button. You may submit work in more than one category.
2.) If you do not already have a Submittable account, you will be asked to create one. This is as simple as providing your name and email address. This account is free and once you have created one you will never be asked to do so again. After creating this account, you will be taken back to the submission form.
3.) The form will require you to provide the following information: last name, first name, physical address, phone number, email address, and a short writer/artist’s biography. If you are a current UAS Student, we ask that you provide your UAS Student ID number.
4.) After filling out the contact information, you will upload your creative piece(s). Please note that in the prose and poetry category, we will only be accepting files in Microsoft Word. Do not forget to provide a title for your work.
5.) There will be a Terms of Agreement box at the end of our online submission form that will act as an electronic release form. This part of the form must be filled out for your work to be considered for publication in Tidal Echoes 2016. If you do not have Internet access, a signed release form should be mailed to the address below or faxed to (907) 796-6406. A Note About Release Forms: Authors and artists submitting to the journal continue to retain rights to their work after publication.
Finally, I would be remiss in this article if I forgot to mention that 25 percent of the journal is reserved for UAS student works. Being published in a regional journal as an undergraduate is a great achievement, so I highly encourage students from all three Southeast campuses to submit and take advantage of the opportunity!
The Tidal Echoes’ 2016 submission deadline is on December 1st this year, so mark your calendars, sign up for a Submittable account, and begin reviewing your artistic and written works for consideration! While you are at it, be sure to write down the journal’s launch date in the spring, April 15th. It is going to be a fun celebration of the writers and artists who make this journal possible, and there will definitely be cookies! I look forward to seeing you all there!
Tidal Echoes c/o Emily Wall
UAS Humanities Department
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801