Edited, designed, and produced by students enrolled in a two-semester course offered by the English Department, The Tower is an annual journal that publishes the best in art, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by undergraduates at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities Campus. 

Submit each piece for consideration separately. List your name, contact information including your email address, phone number, and a current street mailing address, and a short bio (approx. 50 words) within the space allowed for a cover letter. (For ArtWords entries, do not include your name within the submitted piece; be sure to include your email address and indicate whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student. See the contest guidelines for complete instructions.)

Submissions are read during the fall semester; the issue is published during the spring semester in print and online, and is distributed free on the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota.

Ends on January 31, 2018

Open to students enrolled at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, ArtWords is an annual competition held by the Weisman Art Museum in collaboration with The Tower and the English Department’s Creative Writing Program. To enter, students should visit the Weisman’s galleries in person, select a piece of art on display that is in the museum’s permanent collection, and write a piece of poetry or prose (maximum word count: 300) that is in some way a creative reflection or a response (not art criticism) to the artwork. 

First, second, and third place winners are selected in two categories: undergraduate and graduate submissions. Graduate winners will receive gift certificates to the Weisman Art Museum Shop (First Place: $75; Second: $50; Third: $25). Undergraduate winners will be published in The Tower Spring 2017 print issue. Judges include representatives from the Weisman, The Tower, and the Creative Writing Program.

Please follow these instructions (submissions that do not will be disqualified):

On the submitted document:

• Do not include your name; write only your student ID in the top left corner.

• Indicate the complete and accurate title of the artwork and artist

• Provide a title for your written work

In your cover note:

• Include your university email address.

• Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.

An ArtWords map is available at the museum's front desk, which indicates which galleries are eligible.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jamee Yung, Director of Education, Weisman Art Museum, at jtyung@umn.edu

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We only accept submissions from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities undergraduate students. 

Submit your photography, paintings, drawings, comics, etc., as high-resolution, print-quality images: 300 dpi, in jpeg file format. Size to fit roughly a 7" x 11" page size. Use CMYK, not RGB, color profile. 

Name the file with the title of the piece. Do not include your name in the file title. 

Please submit no more than ten pieces per reading period. If you are submitting multiple pieces, submit each separately.

Include your name, contact information, the title of the work submitted, and a brief bio in the designated space for a bio/cover letter