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Tidal Echoes

"Tidal Echoes fills a unique, literary niche for Southeast Alaska, a forum for an eclectic blend of readers and artists to meet and engage.  We're all the richer for its graceful presence." -- Nick Jans
"Tidal Echoes is proof that many of Alaska’s finest writers and artists are living in and inspired by Southeast Alaska in all its natural and human glory, and that UAS is the heart of a modern Alaskan creative renaissance. It was a tremendous honor for my work to be included alongside so many talented artists and writers in the 2010 issue and to work with the terrific student editors and University staff." -- Heather Lende
"Tidal Echoes is the literary and artistic voice of Southeast Alaska, with great writing and cool art spread throughout its pages.  It's a vital link in spreading the good work about the literary and artistic culture of our endlessly inspiring rainy little corner of the world." -- Ray Troll

Tidal Echoes is a literary and art journal that showcases the art and writing of Southeast Alaskans. It is sponsored and administered by the University of Alaska Southeast, which has campuses in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.

Southeast Alaska is rich with talent.  Our communities support writers, storytellers, playwrights, photographers, basket weavers, carvers, and many others types of artists and writers. As a literary journal, Tidal Echoes aims to bring together all the voices and visions of Southeast Alaskan artists and writers.

Tidal Echoes
accepts work from any full-time resident of Southeast Alaska. A tab on this page for the detailed submission guidelines.

Questions about the journal or submission process should be sent to:

Tidal Echoes
  • 796-6406  (Fax)
Soboleff Bldg 
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK
Mailstop: SOB 1
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When and where should my work be submitted?

All work for the 2016 edition of the journal must be submitted by December 1st, 2015. Work should be submitted via email to If this is not possible, hard copies may be submitted to:

Tidal Echoes
c/o Emil Wall
UAS Humanities Department

Soboleff Building

11120 Glacier Highway

Juneau, AK 9980
I'm interested in participating, but I don't live in Juneau. Am I still able to submit?

Yes. Students and community members who currently reside in Southeast Alaska are welcome to submit their work

I'm a UAS student currently doing a semester/year abroad. Can I still submit?

Yes! Any student who is currently enrolled full- or part-time at any UAS campus is eligible to submit.

I used to live in Southeast Alaska, but have since moved. Can I submit?

Unfortunately, no.  Tidal Echoes submissions are limited to current UAS students and those living in Southeast.

Does my work have to be about Alaska to be published in Tidal Echoes?

Absolutely not. While we welcome and encourage Native authors, artists, and Alaskan enthusiasts to submit, the journal is by no means confined to publishing works about Alaska. It is our belief that Tidal Echoes should be as diverse as its readers, and as such, we hope to include a wide variety of perspectives.

I want to submit my artwork to Tidal Echoes. How do I do that?

Tidal Echoes accepts art in all mediums, both two- and three-dimensional. Both must be submitted in digital format. To submit your two-dimensional artwork, scan it to create the digital image. For three-dimensional art, take a digital photograph (300 DPI). Both digital images may be submitted as attachments in an email, or submitted on a disc.

Does submitting my piece to Tidal Echoes mean I'm selling the rights to it?

No. At no point does your submission to the journal mean that you are giving up the rights to your work. Submitting your piece to the journal does, however, mean that Tidal Echoes also retains first time North American Rights. Simply put, this means that if you submit your piece to another publication in North America, credit must be given to Tidal Echoes as first-time publisher.

My submission was previously published in another journal. Can I still submit it?

Absolutely, provided you retain first time rights. Just be sure to include information about the first publication.

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Tidal Echoes 2015 Submission Guidelines

Tidal Echoes wants your poems, stories, essays, plays, and artwork!

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015.


Tidal Echoes will consider submissions from any current full-time resident of Southeast Alaska. A portion of the journal will be set aside for UAS students. Students of all UAS campuses are encouraged to submit.


We consider fiction, non-fiction, transcribed oral stories, memoir, or drama. Multiple pieces may be submitted, but the combined submission may not exceed 15 double-spaced pages. Partial pieces of longer works will also be considered, provided they stand alone as cohesive pieces.


We accept poetry of all types, but please limit submissions to five poems.


Tidal Echoes welcomes artwork submissions of all mediums, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography and drawing. All artwork must be submitted in a digital format (.tif or .jpg) and at least 1800 pixels wide. Submissions must include the title of each piece, as well as the medium. Resources are available on the UAS Juneau campus for scanning and photographing art. Please contact Assistant Professor of Art Anne Wedler at with questions. Limit five pieces.

Formatting Submissions

All submissions must include:

  1. Submitter's address on the top of each page. UAS Students: Include UAS ID number as well.
  2. Cover letter, including contact information (name, address, phone number, and email), and the title of each submitted piece.
  3. A 3-5 sentence biography, written in the third person.
  4. Information about previous publication, if applicable.
  5. Release Form. Release forms must be signed for work to be considered for publication in Tidal Echoes. Signed forms should be mailed to the address below, faxed to (907) 796-6406, or be scanned and included as an attachment in an e-mail sent to

A Note About Release Form: Authors and artists submitting to the journal continue to retain rights to their work after publication.

How to Submit

Tidal Echoes prefers electronic submission via email (  Electronic copies must be formatted in Microsoft Word and added as an attachment to email. Work may also be typed directly into the body of an email.

Those without email may send submissions to the address below:

Tidal Echoes c/o Emily Wall
UAS Humanities Department
Soboleff Building
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801

Further Questions

Please contact Emily Wall ( or call 796-6113.

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Internship Opportunities:

"Working as the senior editor of Tidal Echoes was one of the greatest experiences I had while attending UAS.  in order to bring the journal together, I had to work with an art editorial board--hand selecting each and every piece to be published.  I also got the opportunity to work side-by-side with amazing authors such as Kim Heacox and Richard Dauenhauer, as well as talented artists like Patrice Helmar and Jeremy Kane.  The overall process included copy editing, sending out letters to submitters, figuring out the layout of the journal, watching the journal get printed, advertising for the launch, as well as putting the launch together and making sure that everything ran smoothly.  Overall, it was a lot of work but in the end I was able to hold in my hands a book that I had helped produce, and there is no better feeling that that." - - Alexandra Brown, Editor 2013.

The University of Alaska Southeast's Literary and Arts Journal Tidal Echoes provides three internship opportunities each year.  The internships offer valuable work experience for English and Art majors.

Fall Internship Opportunities:

  • Chance to design posters to be distributed around Southeast Alaska.
  • Gain networking experience by making contact with libraries and the Arts councils in Southeast Alaska.
  • Gain public communication skills by discussing Tidal Echoes with classes around Juneau and broadcasting on KTOO.
  • Gain an understanding of the submission process for a literary journal, along with a greater understanding of a variety of computer programs.

"With every edition that is published, it becomes increasingly evident that Tidal Echoes is a labor of love for everyone involved.  Year after year, its artists--both literary and visual--continue to give stunning pieces of themselves to the community, and its editors turn those works into something beautiful." --Jacqueline Boucher, Fall Inter 2012.

"I learned so much interning for Tidal Echoes.  I got to design submission posters.  I was able to visit high school classrooms (a Tidal Echoes first) to show publication opportunities available to the students.  I was charged with conducting the author and artist interviews.  I collated all of the submissions into one gigantic document.  I got to read all the of the awesome talent of Southeast Alaska.  The knowledge I gained working behind the scenes at the journal is invaluable to both my personal and professional life.  I know a little more about what publications are looking for when I submit.  I was able to step out of my comfort zone and interact with so many talented people.  This is an experience for which I will forever be grateful."--Karissa Sleppy, Fall Intern 2013.

Spring Internship Opportunities:

  • Opportunity to read work from writers all over Southeast Alaska.
  • Understand the process of selecting and editing work for a literary journal.
  • Opportunity to interview and work with professional writers and artists.

Questions: Contact Emily Wall ( or call 796-6113

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Tidal Echoes will be available for purchase during the Tidal Echoes launch on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall (EG 112). The cost is $5.00 each. Come join us for the launch!

Purchase Tidal Echoes

Where to purchase Tidal Echoes:

  • Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan campus bookstores
  • Hearthside Books, Juneau: Nugget Mall (907) 789-2750; Front Street (907) 586-1726
  • Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, 350 Whittier # 101, Juneau (907) 586-2787
  • Parnassus Book Store, Ketchikan (907) 225-7690
  • Babbling Book, Haines (907) 766-3356
  • Old Harbour Book Store, Sitka (907) 747-8808
  • Skaguay News, Skagway (907) 983-3354 or
  • Contact the Humanities Administrative Assistant, 907-796-6405

Donations & Support

Reasons to Donate & Support:

  • Tidal Echoes is a literary journal that showcases the art and writing of Southeast Alaskans.
  • Students and community members from the Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan are all represented in this year’s journal.
  • In recognition of your support, you will be named as a financial contributor on the 2015 journal in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.

How to Donate & Support:

• Sponsor an event for Tidal Echoes.
• Make a financial contribution to Tidal Echoes ($50, $75, $100, $150):

Make checks out to “UAS Tidal Echoes Attn. Emily Wall ”


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