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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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2021-22 Editor in Chief: Jenna Sobaski

What's Happening Now?

Apply to be on our staff! We are now accepting staff applications for assistant editor, layout editor, and readers and assistant genre editors in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art & photography. Gain professional editing experience and collaborate with fellow writers and artists by working on the Spring 2022 edition of fishladder. You must be a current GVSU student to work on fishladder.

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The deadline for applications: October 9, 2021.

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A note from our editor in chief Jenna Sobaski. Current @GVSU students can apply to work on this year’s issue as editors or readers at our website.…
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If you haven’t gotten the most recent fishladder they are up for grabs in the @GVSUWritingDept office (LOH 326). Also, back issues—all you gotta do is ask for them.

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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