The Tower 2019: Each of Us Is Many

Please submit your work by December 11, 2018.

Submit your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art to be considered for publication in the 2019 edition of The Tower. Please submit your work through our Submittable website

There is a limit to the number of submissions. They are as follows:

  • Fiction – 6
  • Nonfiction – 4
  • Poetry – 7
  • Art – 10

Submit each piece for consideration separately. List your name, University of Minnesota email address, mailing addresses, and a short bio of approximately 50 words within the space allowed for a cover letter. 



Q: What should I include in my cover letter?

A: Here’s what we want to see:

  • Name (Let us know preferred spelling, nicknames, etc.)
  • Contact information (including postal address, email, and phone)
  • Year and Major(s) (if known)
  • Interests/Hobbies
  • Title of work submitted

Please do not include an explanation of the piece’s theme, message, etc.

Please keep your bio to approximately 50 words.


Q: How many works can I submit?

A: Depends! The maximum number of submissions for each category includes: ten art pieces, seven poems, six fiction stories, or four nonfiction pieces.


Q: I want to submit more than one piece. What should I do?

A: Awesome! We encourage multiple submissions! But please submit each for consideration separately.


Q: How long can my submission be?

A: Are you submitting art? If so, please limit each piece to one page. For poetry, no more than two pages, please. Fiction and nonfiction pieces can be as long as six pages.


Q: How should I format my poetry/fiction/nonfiction submission?

A: No more than six pages, double-spaced

  • Times New Roman
  • 12-point font
  • No spacing between paragraphs
  • Indent new paragraphs (tabs, not spaces)


Q: What about art?

A: 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.


Q: What kinds of medium are accepted?

A: We accept photography, paintings, traditional and digital drawings, comics, etcetera!


Q: Can I submit a comic as an art submission?

A: Yes! Comics with multiple panels are acceptable, but try to limit the entire piece to one page—two pages if absolutely necessary.


Q: Can I submit a story that has already been published elsewhere?

A: No, sorry!


Q: When will I hear back about my submission?

A: You can expect to hear back from us around March. We know that's a long wait, but it takes us time to thoroughly consider each submission!


Q: What topics should I avoid?

A: We are open to a lot of different submissions, but there are certain things that we are just not comfortable publishing. Any work that advocates for racism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and/or general hate speech will not be accepted. We also don’t accept anything overtly political—especially advocating for a specific political candidate or party. While we value serious conversations about mental health, any gratuitous depictions of suicide, violence, and/or death will not be accepted. Finally, we do not accept works that are inspired by social media (including memes) or fanfiction (including works based on other works).


Q: So what types of submissions are you looking for?

A: We love this question, because we have a lot of things that we love to read! We don’t have a “perfect” submission in mind, but there are art styles and themes that we enjoy reading.

Let’s jump into the specifics. We want pieces that are innovative. We want to be challenged as we interact with your submission. Common themes (falling in love, grieving a lost loved one, etc.) are acceptable, but tell your story in a unique way. We want to see emotion and humor; don’t be afraid to tell dark stories, but also don’t shy away from happy pieces; we want balance. We want to be shown, not told. We want to be impressed with the quality, form, and artistry of your work. We want to see that you’re passionate about your submission, and that you’ve poured a piece of yourself into your work. We respond to things that feel genuine. If you’re excited about your submission, we are more likely to be excited about it too!


We wish you the best of luck and look forward to reviewing your work. Thank you for your interest and contributions to The Tower.

-The Tower Staff