Changes to the Submission Process

Hello everyone,

Thanks to our new advisor, professor Amorak Huey, we’ll be changing the process for submitting to fishladder this year. By using the program Submittable, we will steam-line the submission process, ensuring that our wonderful submitters receive email notifications once their work is received. This program will also make the job of compiling submissions together much easier for our genre editors, who previously had to manually download and re-load your documents to BlackBoard. We’re excited to do more to prevent miscommunication and preserve the anonymity of your pieces during the voting process.

This means: No more submissions to the fishladder gmail-boxes anymore (e.g. The submission deadline this year will be, as always, at the end of Fall Semester. The exact time and date will be announced shortly, but we should have Submittable up and ready for your use by September 15th!

We also encourage new and returning students of GVSU to apply to join our staff, as a reader or assistant-editor for all of our offered genres. Staff applications are available in the Writing Department office and must be filled out by hand and returned there by October 1st.

If anyone has any questions feel free to email me at, or Professor Huey at

Thank you all for your continued support and dedication to fishladder. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

Nikki Fisher


About fishladder (Grand Valley State University Journal of Student Art and Writing)

fishladder 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 December finals week. 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 updated annually and archived continually. You can find the online version of our magazine at the following link:
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