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Each semester, CR presents a showcase of original writing by students, faculty, staff, and community members

At the Seven-Gill Shark, writing is a means of change, an expression, a timely response. We’re looking for writing that communicates something valuable and challenges our existing default settings for understanding. We’re not limited by an idealized standard of writing, but open to any submission when the writer has something clear and valuable to say. Send us your work today!


The spring 2022 submissions are currently open. Non-fiction, fiction and poetry may be submitted until March 11, 2022, 11:59pm.

 See more details below on how to submit your fiction or prose.

Submit your Fiction or Prose

Each semester, College of the Redwoods accepts original writing by students, faculty, staff, and community members for the annual literary magazine, The Seven-Gill Shark. The spring 2022 submissions are currently open. Non-fiction, fiction and poetry may be submitted until March 11, 2022, 11:59pm.

All entries will be considered for first place prizes. Eureka Books and Tin Can Mailman have kindly offered their support and $35 gift certificates for first prize writing will be given for fiction, poetry and non-fiction.  

Submissions must be made as an attachment with full name and contact info on first page, and last name and page number on subsequent pages. 

Non-fiction: Up to 2,500 words, double spaced 

Fiction: Up to 2,000 words, double spaced 

Poems: 1-4, up to three pages in length, in the format the author wishes the poem(s) to appear 

When submitting, indicate whether you're a student, faculty staff member, or community member.  Send the email to submission to


Presentation of Original Poetry and Fiction Read by the Authors

College of the Redwoods will celebrate its spring semester Seven Gill Shark Review event on Friday, May 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the CR Learning Resource Center, Room 102, or on Zoom at The Seven Gill Shark Review is CR’s annual literary publication, and includes work by students, staff and community members.

The event will include an awards portion for prizewinners and readings from contributors. Copies of the 2022 issue will also be available for everyone. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will also be available.

For more information, contact Jonathan Maiullo at or visit the CR Seven Gill Shark Review website address at



Jonathan (Jonny) Maiullo is the faculty advisor for the Seven Gill Shark Review at the Eureka campus and coordinator of this web site. He teaches composition, creative writing and English as a Second Language courses at College of the Redwoods. He has published a book on Armenia entitled Paper Mountains . He is also the author on several articles on teaching English as a Second or Foreign language, including one on using radio-drama in the classroom.

Pelican Bay

Ashley Knowlton is an English professor for CR's Pelican Bay Scholars Program, serving our students who are incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison. There, she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing - Poetry. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from California State University, Fullerton, and an MA in English Composition from San Francisco State University. She writes for enjoyment and has poetry published in the 14th edition of Pomona Valley Review and the 17th issue of 50 Haikus. Ashley works with The Rising Scholars Network, led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, which supports colleges with programs for students who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. 

Eureka/Del Norte

Ruthe Rhodes is an English professor on the Eureka and Del Norte campuses, teaching literature, composition, and creative writing. She graduated with a BA in English from Binghamton University and an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University. Ruthe is a writing omnivore and is often engaged in working across genres. She is the author and editor of Come to the Edge: Arrival and Survival in Del Norte County, published by Left Fork Books and How Did We Get Here?, a graphic novel about equity and identity. She authors plays and musicals for local theater companies and currently serves as a writing coach for a multi-year project to create community-based social justice comic books across California. 

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