The Seventh Wave

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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 dedicated to paying all of our contributors.

Our $5.00 fee helps to sustain what we like to call a conversational submission. For any submission we do not accept, we provide personalized feedback from the editors. There is also the option to submit to our "No fee, No feedback" category for free.

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. 

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.

Each issue, we accept 12-16 original (previously unpublished) pieces of prose, poetry, visual art, and audio art.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 #7 starting Tuesday, October 10th, and close submissions on Sunday, December 31st. The seventh issue will come out in January 2018. Please submit to only one category at a time.

Please proofread your work before submitting. Given that we are only four 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.

Please include a short third-person bio, listing previous publications and work. Ex: Sandra Example is a writer living in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackjack Review, The Dewey Decimal, The Northern Review, and H_GM_N. She currently works in advertising. See more at

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.