Each issue, we accept 12-16 original (previously unpublished) pieces of prose, poetry, visual art, and audio art. Our publication revolves around one issue at a time, so please read our Call for Submissions before submitting. We will open submissions for #9 starting Monday, October 22nd and close on Friday, December 14th. Please submit to only one category at a time.
We are looking for critical essays, first-person narratives, and reportage up to 3,000 words. Our emphasis is always on perspective above all else; we want to hear from your experience, your vantage point, and your process. Help us to understand the world better from where you stand, so we might be able to meet you there. PDF and .doc formats accepted.
We are looking for flash fiction, prose poetry, and engaging narratives up to 3,000 words. Our emphasis is always on perspective above all else; we want to get lost in created worlds, encounter new characters, and delve into truths the way only meaningful fiction can. Help us to understand the world better from where you stand, so we might be able to meet you there. PDF and .doc formats accepted.
When it comes to poetry, anything goes. Whether you prefer to hang with Petrarch or Ashbery, as long as it grapples with our issue, we welcome it. Please submit up to four poems in .doc or PDF formats.
We are looking for photography/film, audio art, digital soundscapes, or any other form of creative expression outside of the written word. In the past, we have published video clips, play manuscripts, and spoken word poetry layered with instrumental whimsies — so if you can imagine it, we can find a home for it. JPEG, .mp3, or .mov formats accepted.
Please proofread your work before submitting. Given that we are only three people, extensive revisions of a piece are not possible. While we do not discard submissions based on a few typos, we cannot orchestrate your essay for you either.
We are committed to paying our contributors; upon publication of your work, you will receive payment either through PayPal or by check. Payment will vary depending on form, genre, and the size of our piggy banks.
The Seventh Wave is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and literary organization dedicated to creating online and offline spaces for conversation to flourish. We are also dedicated to paying all of our contributors.
Our $20.00 option is what we consider a conversational submission. For any submission we do not accept, you receive detailed feedback from our editors about your piece (why we did not select it for publication, but also what we could encourage you to edit and revise, should our feedback align with your intent). If you do submit to this category and we accept your submission, we will waive the fee upon publication. Should you not want feedback or if this fee creates a barrier to entry, you can also submit to our “No fee, No feedback” category for free, or to our “Tip Jar” category to pay what you can to help sustain us.
To wit: We understand that it takes time and effort to create quality art and writing, and time and effort on our part to give your work the attention it deserves. And so, rest assured that all proceeds from submissions go right back to our contributors and toward future events. If, however, the submission fee finds you at a time of financial difficulty, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to chat further.
At The Seventh Wave, we are interested in unique perspectives, distinctive voices, and novel takes on our current issue, and are committed to being as inclusive as possible. As such, we do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic content.
The Seventh Wave will acquire First Rights (Non-Exclusive Electronic) upon publication, meaning that we will be the first place on the Internet where the piece is displayed. To reiterate: no previously published pieces (we consider blog postings previous publication) will be accepted. All rights will revert to the author 45 days after publication.