Street, an anthology of prose, poetry, artwork and photography from University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students, is now collecting submissions for its 35th
annual publication for the University Writers.
are encouraged to submit up to three prose works, five poems, or five pieces of
artwork. The organization usually receives over 100 submissions and narrows it
down to a selection of 20 to 25 works that get published.
usually get a ton of good work here. We have lot of good artists on campus,”
said Andrea Wagner, co-president of Barney Street and an English major at UWSP.
“Whether it is photography or artwork or poetry or prose, we usually get a lot
of really good submissions, so it is an enjoyable process.”
Street had its first publication in 1978 and has been publishing student work
ever since. It got its name from a street that was demolished in 1962, Barney
Street. Barney Street—the actual street— only existed for 15 years before it
was removed. The street was named after Barney Kostuchowski, a long-time
citizen of Stevens Point.
Street upholds many long-standing traditions such as only printing in black and
white, including the cover. Wagner said that this may have started out due to
printing costs but has turned into a tradition. The few times they strayed,
once putting red on the cover and another time having a pick addition, people
were displeased with the changes.
tradition ensures that the publication is always free. They have never charged
for copies of the anthology because they want to keep the work available to the
people of campus and the community.
final tradition is making sure that the contributors always have full rights to
their work. When an author or artist submits, they are never asked to give up
the rights and will always have the option to publish again elsewhere if they
cherish the idea that your work is your own,” Wagner said.
are currently taking submissions for their 35th publication and will continue
to do so until December 14. All submissions are read by the University Writers
and judged anonymously.
through and basically we look for good writing, things that are intriguing, new
ideas,” Wagner said. “We want things that kind of span new horizons that we
haven’t quite seen yet. We try to take everything into account and give
everyone their fair judgment.”
the anthology is put together and printed, it is distributed at a launch party,
usually held in April or May. The books are also handed out at the involvement
fair and sometimes to professors who like to have copies to keep or hand out to
their students. Although the book is not widely distributed, it can act as a
stepping stone to becoming a published author or artist, Wagner said.
a small publication. We know we aren’t the grandest. You’re not going to get
national recognition from this, but this does allow artists and writers to be
able to say, ‘I am a published author. I have done this.’ And then from there
they can go on to greater things,” Wagner said.
who wish to submit to Barney Street can send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
until December 14. Rules for submitting and a submission form can be found on