2020 Editorial Residency

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we have cancelled our 2020 Rhinebeck Residency. While we are saddened, of course, to not be able to come together in person (for the residency and our annual Birches LitFest), we have designed in its place an Editorial Residency that awards 4 creative professionals with a $500 grant. Applications are open from April 27 — May 31, 2020. See more info below, but click here to apply.


The Seventh Wave is thrilled to introduce Issue 12 Editorial Residency, a $500 grant awarded to four professional creatives. If accepted, you are committed to the following:

Publication: publishing a piece in Issue 12. At the time of your application, you do not need to have written this piece, but you do need to specify what piece you would be working toward, and how you envision it speaking to our topic of “Before After.” Once accepted, each Resident will have a call with our Executive Director, Joyce Chen, and possibly other staff members as well, to welcome you to our community and walk you through the editorial process.

Gatherings: partaking in 7 casual & virtual gatherings sprinkled throughout Issue 12 (July to November). These gatherings will be dinners, afternoon coffee sessions, or morning meetings. They will range from 45min to 2 hours, depending on everyone’s life circumstances. For example, we are currently a little “Zoomed out,” so just know that this format is subject to change, depending on our residents’ collective well-being and what is happening in the world. We will work with our cohort to determine the most conducive format for restful conversations. That being said, we do plan that for 2 of the gatherings, TSW would like to order takeout for each resident so that we can do our small part in “cooking” for our residents by supporting their favorite local restaurants; 2 of the gatherings will be topical, so discussing things like craft or process, but also practical, like freelance life, being a teaching artist, applying for grants; and 3 gatherings will be workshop sessions, so workshopping 1-2 people per session, as the whole goal of our residency programs is to create a space and place for dialogue, collaboration, and exchange.

Summer Series: in lieu of our Rhinebeck Residency weekend, originally planned for July 16 – 20, we plan to host a three-day series of live workshop webinars open to communities at large, ranging from panel sessions (for ex., a panel session about residencies for first-timers, a panel session on inclusive editorial processes, etc) to writer- and artist-led workshops (on craft, voice, submitting to magazines, etc.). We welcome our 2020 Editorial Residents to submit a topic for presentation, should you have the bandwidth and interest. There is no obligation for you to do this.


WHY $500 for each resident? On average, overhead for our residencies is $2,000. Our residencies are free to attend, but residents do have to cover their own travel to and from. Normally, each resident/contributor receives $75 for publication. Given this residency has no operational costs, and that many artist and creative communities have been hit hard by COVID-19, we have decided to provide this stipend, which we feel represents an actionable amount for a professional creative who is in need of financial support and working on a project or manuscript.


To apply, please see form here. You are required to submit a brief bio, a cover letter, and up to three samples of your work (as we don’t require that you have a piece already written or in progress for publication) that you feel best represent your scope and interests as a creator. We are looking for eager and critical artists and writers from various fields of study who are producing art and writing that responds to the current world around them.Other Notes:

  1. Applications open: Monday, April 27, 2020 — Sunday, May 31, 2020.
  2. Fee: we have reduced our normal residency application fee from $20 to $7 due to COVID-19. As always, if this fee is cost-prohibitive, simply reach out to us at submit@seventhwavemag.com. We are happy to waive the fee.
  3. Past Contributors. If you have been published with The Seventh Wave previously, you are unfortunately ineligible for this Editorial Residency.