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Meet the Student Judges: ArtWords

At The Tower, we believe all students should be inspired by the art in the galleries and have your writing published. ArtWords is a writing competition with prizes and a chance to gain a little fame and recognition.

Our deadline has been extended!

Please submit at thetower.submittable.com by January 26, 2020. 

Our Favorite Tower Works from 2019 #2

Our submission deadline is right around the corner! As you continue to work on your fiction, nonfiction, art, and poetry submissions, check out our staff’s favorite pieces from last year’s edition of The Tower for some inspiration:

Lauren Swee (Editor in Chief, Nonfiction Editor):

Our Favorite Tower Works from 2019 #1

Our submission deadline is right around the corner! As you continue to work on your fiction, nonfiction, art, and poetry submissions, check out our staff’s favorite pieces from last year’s edition of The Tower for some inspiration:

Cate Tynjala (Editor in Chief, Art Editor):

Indigenous Lit. Recommendations from The Tower Staff

November is National Native American Heritage Month! 

As students at the University of Minnesota, The Tower staff recognizes and respects that the land that we inhabit is the original homeland of the Ojibwe and Dakota nations. We acknowledge its painful history and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land.  

Behind the Theme: EICs

Cate Tynjala, Editor in Chief, Art Editor

Most people spend a lot of time censoring themselves. We do it daily, consciously and unconsciously. We choose what to say, when, and how. For me, there is a constant dialogue in my head weighing and considering everything that comes out of my mouth. I know I am not alone in this. My tendency to overthink is shared by many, and this year’s theme for The Tower is our crack at a collective regrouping. 

Spooky Recommendations from The Tower Staff

Happy Halloween! Four of our editors have shared some of their favorite scary stories, podcasts, books, and more. Check them out to get some new reading, listening, and watching recommendations:

Bailey Arman, Managing Editor, Nonfiction Editor, Copyeditor

My recommendation is r/nosleep !

Recap: CLA FYE Writing Workshop

Last week, our staff collaborated with the UMN English Department to host a creative writing workshop for CLA FYE students! We loved coming up with fun prompts and helping new students explore their creative abilities. During the workshop, students and The Tower staff alike engaged in multiple free-writing sessions inspired by an instrumental playlist which our lovely Editor in Chief, Lauren Swee, personally crafted.

2020 Theme: "Asterisk"

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The elusive asterisk. What does it mean? That little star is more than just a typographic mark. It’s also the theme for our 2019-2020 edition of The Tower

Merriam-Webster defines an asterisk as a “character used in printing or writing as a reference mark, as an indication of the omission of letters or words, to denote a hypothetical or unattested linguistic form, or for various arbitrary meanings.”

So—how can your work fit into our theme of “Asterisk?” 

A Thank You from Sam

With the end of the academic year coming up, I want to take a minute to appreciate all of the hard work that The Tower staff put in to this year. From our fantastic Editors in Chief and designers to our copy editors and publicists, every single member of the team worked extremely hard to help put this year’s issue together. We as a team never had a break, so to carry on every assignment on top of our own school work without fail was incredible.

AWP Recap

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, it’s one of the largest gatherings of the literary community in the country. Writers, editors, publishers, teachers, and presses flock from all over each year to attend different panels and browse the AWP Bookfair.

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