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Fishladder: A Student Journal of Art and Writing is a student-run publication at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. We publish students' fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography, and art. Students from across all disciplines in the university are encouraged to submit work in all styles, genres, and forms. fishladder aims to select the best, most artistic work for publication.

The journal accepts submissions throughout the GVSU Fall semester, with a deadline at the end of the term in December. Submissions are carefully considered by our student staff, and final decisions are made by our editors. The yearly print edition is unveiled every April, with copies available in Lake Ontario Hall and across the Allendale campus. The online edition will be archived annually at GVSU Scholarworks.

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Email us at [email protected]

2021-22 Editor in Chief: Jenna Sobaski

What's Happening Now?

SUBMIT YOUR WORK! We are now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art & photography for the Spring 2022 edition of fishladder. Any and all current GVSU students are welcome to submit on fishladder.

Submit your work at our website:

The deadline for all submissions: December 18, 2021.

For more information please contact: [email protected]



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Better late than never: fishladder 2022 is alive! Check it on our website and then look for print copies on campus in the Fall!…
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We have officially responded to everyone who has submitted work to the 21-22 issue of fishladder—we think. If you submitted but haven't heard from us (check your email), shoot us a message.
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We are way behind schedule for production on fishladder 22. We will have responses back to submitters soon and hopefully the new issue not long after that. Sorry for the wait.

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Annual Schedule

September - October
Applications for Assistant Editors & Readers

October - December
Submissions Period Open

January - February
Editorial Meetings & Selections

Design & Layout

Journal Release & Unveiling

Page last modified December 6, 2021