Only currently enrolled undergraduate students at colleges and universities in the United States are eligible to submit.

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. 

Please enter a cover letter addressed to the editors, and include a short bio for yourself written in third person, suitable for publication, should your work be accepted. List your year, major, university/college, and anything else you would like us to know. For visual artwork, please specify the medium, dimensions and year of completion. Include your contact information: email address, phone number, and a current street mailing address.

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. 

Our deadline is November 30, 2022. 

Acquisitions Standards

1. We look for work that is original, authentic, fresh, new, and insightful. We look for work that is conversant with contemporary literature and art. We seek work that reflects education and study, practice and commitment.

2. We look for work that demonstrates awareness of the conventions of genre; that innovates and experiments successfully; that is skillful on the level of craft; that demonstrates intentionality and control of its materials; that includes awareness of audience.

3. We do not publish work that contains gratuitous or disrespectful usage of the following: swear words, drug use, violence, suicide, rape, abuse, animal cruelty, religion, politics. By gratuitous we mean work that uses highly charged subjects simply to provoke responses from readers, without providing substantive grounding and serving no artistic purpose. We do not publish shock-value pieces nor joke-pieces nor merely irreverent pieces.

4. We do not publish racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, classism, ageism, or any form of hate speech.  

5. We seek work that gives authentic expression to the diverse voices and experiences of our campus community. We do not publish work that appropriates identity.

6. We do not publish work that serves as advertising for or reviews of businesses and corporations. 

7. We do not publish fan art or fan fiction. 

8. We do not publish work that is overly confessional or potentially libelous. 

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The instructions:

  • Submit your photography, paintings, drawings, comics, etc. as high-resolution, print-quality images (see “what we want” for specifications). 
  • Name the file with the title of the piece. Do not include your name in the file title.
  • Include your name, contact information, the title and medium of the work submitted, and a brief bio in the designated space for a bio/cover letter.

What we want:

  • High-resolution, print-quality images: 300 dpi, in jpg or tif file format. Size to fit roughly a 7” x 11" page size. Use RGB color profile.
  • If you are submitting multiple pieces, please submit them separately (no more than 10 submissions are accepted per reading period).
  • A short preface explaining the medium used and what the work is about—especially if the theme or intention of isn’t clear. 
  • Photography, paintings, traditional and digital drawings, comics, etc (see below for what this does not include).

We do not accept:

  • Fan art such as: portraits of famous people (musicians, celebrities, etc.); photographs of concerts or performances; imitations of posters, logos, brands, etc.
  • Social-media-inspired art and writing such as: portraits with Instagram filters; meme imitations; tributes to YouTubers, etc.
  • More than 10 pieces per reading period.
  • Already published visual artwork. This includes but is not limited to social media, personal websites, and sites like RedBubble.

Important to note:

  • Again, fan art and social-media-inspired art will not be considered.
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