grand valley state university's student journal of art and writing

fish • lad • der [noun]

a series of pools built like steps to enable fish to bypass waterfalls or dams.

There is a fishladder found on the west side of the Grand River that allows fish like salmon and steelhead to move upstream, past the Sixth Street dam, toward Lansing. The structure features a viewing deck for visitors to watch the fish travel upstream.


Thanks for choosing to submit to fishladder, Grand Valley’s student journal of art and writing.

fishladder seeks outstanding, thoughtful, and polished work from writers and artists of all backgrounds, identities, and viewpoints. We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography of all voices, styles, and dialects from current Grand Valley students. fishladder is open for submissions from October 6 through December 15. Submission guidelines specific to individual genres can be found along with these genres’ submission forms.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us to make the endlessly passionate and incredible voices of Grand Valley be heard through the 2018 edition of fishladder.

Please contact fishladder editors-in-chief, Kathryn Davis and Chiara Licari, with questions or issues with submitting.

We truly can’t wait to read and review your work.

Thank you,

Kathryn Davis & Chiara Licari




applications to join the fishladder team are due October 6

fishladder is open for submissions on October 6


the fishladder website remains open for submissions

fishladder staff is finalized and has its first all-staff meeting


fishladder submissions close December 15

january & february

fishladder staff is holding meetings, discussing all submissions

submitters are notified of acceptances


fishladder is being designed and sent to print


fishladder's grand unveiling will be held on April 13