UPDATE:  Changes have been made to the fishladder submission platform, rendering the gmail accounts obsolete.  Please read carefully before submitting, as we will NOT receive your pieces at the old gmail addresses. 

You must be a current Grand Valley State University student to submit to fishladder. You may submit multiple works to multiple genres, but you are limited to three fiction pieces (20 pages or less), three nonfiction pieces (20 pages or less), five poems, and three drama pieces per academic year, as well as five photos and five art pieces per submission deadline.

Please submit all works to our new Submittable portal at the following URL:

Further instructions are available at this website.  The process is fairly straightforward: select your category (e.g. fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, art, photography, or staff submission), upload your document, add a title, and include the following information in the “cover letter” box:

  • your name
  • your G-number
  • the title(s) of your work(s)
  • medium/media (for art submissions)
  • an email address you check often
  • your phone number

Photography and art submissions should be baseline JPEG files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Color works should be CMYK format. Please also tell us the dimensions, the media/medium, and whether the piece might be available for an on-campus exhibition in April of the journal’s release year.