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 fish ladder 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.


fishladder is a student-run journal of art and writing edited and produced by undergraduates at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The journal is published annually in April, on the tail end of Winter Semester and features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art by GVSU students. As a publication, we strive to be inclusive of writers and artists from all the different parts of our campus community. We hope to present a diverse mix of singular voices in each issue so that we might capture the voices of the GVSU student body in all its harmony and dissonance.

Past issues of fishladder are posted online and archived at GVSU Scholarworks.


Note from the Editor

Thank you for your interest in fishladder, Grand Valley State University’s student journal of art and writing.

fishladder seeks outstanding, thoughtful, and polished work from creators of all backgrounds and identities. Our mission is to give voice to the student body by providing a home for art created by the unique and diverse students in our campus community.

fishladder is open for submissions from October 21 through December 18. More information on submission guidelines can be found by clicking ‘submit’ at the top of this page.

Thank you, in advance, for sharing your work with us. This journal wouldn’t be entering its eighteenth year without your willingness to be vulnerable, your passion to create, and your willingness to be generous with your work.

Please contact editor-in-chief Amanda Pszczolkowski with questions or issues submitting at

On behalf of myself and the fishladder staff, we truly can’t wait to read and review your work.

Thank you,

Amanda Pszczolkowski, editor-in-chief



applications to join the fishladder team are due October 5th (extended to October 9th)

fishladder opens for submissions


the fishladder website remains open for submissions

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


fishladder submissions close December 18th

january & february

fishladder staff holds meetings & discusses submissions

submitters are notified of acceptances


production on the issue is completed and the issue is sent to the printer


fishladder's unveiling to celebrate the new issue


GVSU Writing
Cover photo: Black and White by Mariah Gozos
Last Update: 18 October 2020