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The Seventh Wave is interested in building community for and with individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to dig deeper into the hard conversations that impact how we view our lives, our environments, and our relationships to one another.

Our current call for Issue 15: Root Systems, is open through Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

We invite writers, artists, and activists to take part in a global conversation that examines the complexities of our deep-seated narratives. All of the information you will need to know is outlined in more detail over at our Submittable page. For any questions regarding submissions, please reach out to

At The Seventh Wave, our digital issues are Digital Residencies. Meaning, to publish work in our digital magazine, you will be applying to a 3-month, cohort-based Digital Residency that will guide you toward publication. We will select 12 to 16 writers and artists for each issue, grouped into cohorts of four. Each cohort will go through a three-session digital residency experience together, during which you will be able to support each other’s work, gain insight into your own creative practices, and workshop the pieces you are creating for publication within the issue. One of the sessions will be a workshop session, which will be co-faciliated by TSW and centers the writer and artist as the expert in the room. No workshop experience is required.

At The Seventh Wave, we believe that creativity does not happen in a vacuum. Therefore, our Digital Residencies are for writers and artists who require collaboration as a part of their process. As a Digital Resident, you will have free access to The Seventh Wave’s one-time intimate talks, which are craft and creative courses facilitated by TSW, and open to the public for a fee. All Digital Residents will receive payment for their published work ($100). If our entry fee of $7 is prohibitive (this has been lowered from $20 to $7 due to the ongoing environment we find ourselves in today), please email your full application to We will waive the application fee, no questions asked.

If you are familiar with The Seventh Wave, you may notice that we are no longer offering our Editorial Residencynor are we offering our in-person residencies for our digital issues. Our Editorial Residency, which was a 5-month, $500 grant opportunity, was offered in lieu of our in-person residencies, but those are no longer tied to our digital issues. Our in-person residencies and retreats are now only open to past contributors and residents. Meaning, once you get published in our digital magazine, you will then have access to apply and attend our 3 in-person residency programs. To see more info about those, head over to our Residency Page.

To note: there are no application fees for our in-person residencies, and there is no fee to attend. We made these changes because we are committed to creating community in the digital space, and we are proud that our Digital Residency is still open to writers and artists from around the world. We have been heartened by the responsiveness of writers, artists, and creators in these difficult moments, and will continue to respond to changing realities as humanly as possible. We look forward to getting to know your voice. 


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