At The Seventh Wave, we are 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. We’re looking for unique perspectives, distinctive voices, and novel takes on our current issue, and are committed to being as inclusive as possible. (We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic content.) 

Our online publication for Issue 10: "Willful Innocence" is now open for submissions and will close Friday, May 31st. We invite writers, artists, activists, and creators to take part in a global conversation that examines the complexities of claiming innocence. In conjunction with reviewing these guidelines, please read the full call for submissions here or below. Issue 10 publication will roll out in late July.

[A note to our past contributors: We hope to continue to provide a platform for new voices. While we are big fans of your creative work, if we have previously published you, we ask that you help us give space to new writers. We are still working on ways to offer more opportunities for you to stay involved, be it through publication, side convos, or helping with events. If you want to get involved or have ideas, feel free to get in touch.] 


FEES & FEEDBACK: We are a volunteer-run organization dedicated to paying our contributors and genre editors. We care about words and we care about people: we respond to every submission and are dedicated to making that happen within 2-3 months. Proceeds here go towards our contributors and the basic costs of maintaining our publication, i.e. our Submittable subscription, website costs, promotions, and so on. We appreciate your interest in submitting and the collective support from our community in helping to elevate these necessary voices and conversations.

Below, you will find two options for general submissions.

Option 1: Editorial Feedback ($25). This is for the writer or artist who would benefit from and/or is interested in feedback. We know how it feels to submit work and never receive a response, which is why we’re offering this option for some extra support and insight. Editorial Feedback submissions that are not accepted will receive personalized feedback from our editors about the piece. These suggestions will be thoughtful, but will not be line edits. If you submit to this category and we accept your submission, we will remit the fee upon publication in addition to paying you for your work! 

Option 2: Small Fee, No Feedback ($5). Should you not want more extensive feedback, submit using this option. Again, we carefully read and consider each piece and will respond within 2-3 months. If we do not select your piece for publication, you will receive a more generic rejection letter, as we are but three editors. As fellow writers, we understand what it feels like to send work out into the world, and we are truly grateful to have the opportunity to read your work!

If a fee creates a barrier to entry, please submit directly to our email, noting in the subject line that you are submitting for Issue 10. You must follow our guidelines and be sure to include all necessary attachments/information. Our hope here is to provide increased accessibility.

** Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please only submit one piece for consideration. 

** Please include a short third-person bio, listing previous publications and work, as well as 1-2 sentences about how your piece relates to our current topic. (Submissions that do not include how they relate to the current topic will not be considered.) Additionally, please title your document according to the convention: “AuthorLastName_Title” and select which genre most closely describes your piece.


PAYMENT: We are committed to paying our contributors. While it can vary by submission, generally speaking, we offer $50 for prose, film, plays, multiple poems, and multiple pieces of artwork; for individual poems, images, artwork we offer $25.


REQUIRED: Please include a short third-person bio, listing previous publications and work, as well as 1-2 sentences about how your piece relates to our current topic.  (Submissions that do not include how they relate to the current topic will not be considered.) Additionally, please title your work according to the convention: “AuthorLastName_Title” and select which genre most closely describes your piece.


RIGHTS: 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.


ISSUE 10 CALL: Willful Innocence

At a time when industry giants, celebrity politicians, and entire socioeconomic communities are being forced to confront their collective wrongdoing, we as individuals are faced with our own reckoning: What role have we played in allowing these corruptions of power to exist? 

How has our inaction caused hurt? We are all complicit in our misunderstandings of one another, but we can no longer pardon ignorance as an acceptable form of justice. Entire populations, nations, and industries have tried to blame their missteps on ignorance — it’s the reason why blackface, childhood sexual abuse, college bribery scandals, and even wars, persist. But in this age of hyper-connectivity, it is as much a privilege to be willfully ignorant as it is to turn a blind eye to inequities once we recognize them. 

So how can we unpack this presumed and perceived innocence in order to better understand one another and our respective motivations? What role do apologies have in our individual and collective endeavors toward progress, toward both being and doing better? And what part does shame have in helping or harming the process of learning from our mistakes? It’s much easier to vilify people than it is to see that they could have both dark and light in them, but is there a point at which giving others the benefit of the doubt does more harm than good?

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For this issue, we’re examining the complexities of claiming innocence. Tell us about a time when you failed to take responsibility for your own actions, and what the aftermath revealed about yourself. Tell us about how your boundaries or identity have been violated, and how you rebuilt trust with yourself (and the world). What are the cultural beliefs that have stemmed from our collective victim mentality? How can we learn from moments of failing so that our anger, grief, and shame can propel us toward conversations and healing? And what does forgiveness look like from where you hurt?



Option 2: Small Fee, No Feedback ($5). Should you not want more extensive feedback, submit using this option. Again, we carefully read and consider each piece and will respond within 2-3 months. If we do not select your piece for publication, you will receive a more generic rejection letter, as we are but three editors. As fellow writers, we understand what it feels like to send work out into the world, and we are truly grateful to have the opportunity to read your work!

Please include a short third-person bio, listing previous publications and work, as well as 1-2 sentences about how your piece relates to our current topic. (Submissions that do not include how they relate to the current topic will not be considered.) Additionally, please title your document according to the convention: “AuthorLastName_Title” and select which genre most closely describes your piece.

 

Option 1: Editorial Feedback ($25). This is for the writer or artist who would benefit from and/or is interested in feedback. We know how it feels to submit work and never receive a response, which is why we’re offering this option for some extra support and insight. Editorial Feedback submissions that are not accepted will receive personalized feedback from our editors about the piece. These suggestions will be thoughtful, but will not be line edits. If you submit to this category and we accept your submission, we will remit the fee upon publication in addition to paying you for your work!

Please include a short third-person bio, listing previous publications and work, as well as 1-2 sentences about how your piece relates to our current topic. (Submissions that do not include 1-2 sentences about how the piece relates to the call will not be considered.) Additionally, please title your document according to the convention: “AuthorLastName_Title” and select which genre most closely describes your piece.

The return of warmer weather signals a great number of things — flowers blooming, a chance to shed our heavy winter gear, and more opportunities for rooftop shindigs and breezy summer get-togethers. But one of the things we look forward to most each summer is our annual residency in Rhinebeck, where we retreat to the woods for a creative weekend immersed in nature and focus on the art and craft of the written word.

Applications are now open for our fourth annual residency, which will take place the weekend of July 18-21, 2019, at the secluded Crystal Cottage in Rhinebeck, NY. There, we will bring together four residents to hold conversations surrounding our tenth issue, “Willful Innocence,” and workshop their pieces for publication. 

Building upon the success of previous years’ sunset soirées, we will also once again invite the TSW and Rhinebeck communities to take part in an al fresco reading and celebration on the last evening of the residency on Sunday, July 21, wherein residents will get the chance to present their work alongside past contributors and renowned writers alike in a historic barn setting. See images from the 2018 sunset soirée here.

For those of you who are located on the west coast, we will be hosting our second Pacific Northwest Residency in February 2020. If you are engaged with and interested in social issues, stay tuned for further information this fall. 

Please review our Submission Guidelines to see more info about the application process.

To apply, please submit a brief bio, a cover letter, and three samples of your work 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.

In your cover letter, please tell us in 500 words or less the following:


1. What are the driving forces behind your work / art and why would you like to join us for this residency? Tell us what your particular aesthetic and voice will bring to the weekend.

2. What are recent social issues, political decisions, or cultural mishaps that sparked meaningful conversation and inspired you to create art, write stories, or otherwise communicate your thoughts to the world?

3. Tell us a little about what you hope to get out of this residency.

4. Have you taken part in a workshop before? If so, what were the circumstances (MFA program, writing group, etc.); if not, what is your understanding, hesitation, or hope of how a workshop setting functions?


Submissions open: April 15 — May 15, 2019

Rhinebeck, New York (Please note: selected residents must be able to attend all four days of the residency; if your schedule changes, please notify us immediately so we can offer the space to someone who is able to fully participate.) 


Applicants notified: Week of May 20, 2019

**You will only be responsible for your own transportation. All other expenses paid. **

The Seventh Wave