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Volume XIII Published

Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review has published its most recent issue, Volume XIII. The issue was released on Thursday May 6, 2010 on the University of Wisconsin La Crosse campus. The 2010 spring edition includes 40 poetry selections, six short fiction stories, and 20 black and white visual art selections.

The volume features an interview with John McNally, author of “Book of Ralph” and “After the Workshop.” The interview was excerpted from a discussion in a UW-L creative writing class where McNally was a visiting author. He shared his thoughts on the writer’s block myth, how to end a story and the writing process.

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Editor’s Note:

Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review is published each April. Recognized as a national literary journal, we publish literary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, from prize-winning writers as well as from new and emerging writers. We have finished accepting submissions for Volume XIII, and will begin accepting submissions for our next issue, Volume XIV, on December 1, 2010.

Steam Ticket History

Founded In 1996 by members of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse English department, Steam Ticket is currently overseen by faculty adviser Matthew Cashion.  The Steam Ticket staff commits itself to celebrating diversity in the selections of its content. 

English 320: Literary Journal Production

The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse offers English 320: Literary Journal Production/Publication. The class assembles and publishes Steam Ticket, a literary journal of quality writing. An open call for manuscripts is advertised in a national writing journal, and from hundreds of submissions, students collaborate to select poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork they believe to have redeeming literary merit. Students assume roles as editors and readers, and the process is overseen (but not controlled) by a professor who has experience in creative writing and publishing. Special attention is given to inter-disciplinary and multicultural content and participation. 

 Submission Guidelines

We will begin accepting original poems, stories, creative nonfiction, and artwork for our 14th volume from December 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011.

We encourage email submissions. Send your work as a single attachment (MS Word, PDF, or RTF) to Please indicate in the subject line whether your submission is poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.  

Cover Letter:  Include a brief bio and your mailing address.

Poetry: Send three to five poems (as one attachment).

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: 3,500 words maximum. Quirky short-shorts are also encouraged. Manuscripts must be double-spaced and include author's contact information.

Artwork: We welcome photographs, drawings (lead, pen and ink, charcoal etc) on any subject. Please send as JPEGs or TIFFs and include titles for each piece.

NOTE: Accepted artwork will be reproduced in black and white

Mail submissions are also accepted. Please include an SASE and send to:

Steam Ticket 
English Department 
University of WisconsinLa Crosse 
La Crosse, WI 54601 

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Steam Ticket
English Department
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601

Contact Us

For more information, contact Matthew Cashion at Inquiries will be answered during the academic year – September 1 through May 15.

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