The Seventh Wave is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and literary organization dedicated to creating online and offline spaces for conversation to flourish. 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.

Our online publication is currently open for submissions for Issue 8: Power And. We invite writers, artists, activists, and creators to take part in a global conversation that examines applications of power. In conjunction with reviewing these guidelines, please read the full call for submissions here or below.

Submissions are open now and will close Thursday, May 31st. We will begin to publish Issue 8 in July 2018.


FEES & FEEDBACK

Below, you will find two options for general submissions. 

Option 1: Editorial Feedback ($20). We consider this a conversational submission. For any submission we do not accept, you will receive personalized feedback from our editors about your piece (why we did not select it for publication, but also what we would 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, there is a free path.

Option 2: No Fee, No Feedback ($0). Should you not want feedback or if a fee creates a barrier to entry, submit using this option. If we do not select your piece for publication, it is likely you will receive a generic rejection letter, as we are but three editors. We understand what it feels like to send work out into the world, and our hope here is to provide you with ease of access and opportunity.

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


PAYMENT

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

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. 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 8 CALL: Power And

When we examine power — internal or interpersonal — we must first look at the conditions that allowed it to exist in the first place, so that we may better understand the narrative arc that brought it to rest on that particular person, nation, company, or concept. Whether it’s our constant struggle to reassert agency over our digital lives or youth around the globe taking action when adults have not, power is an ever-shifting, always pulsating life force that informs how we exist in the world. Power shifts. It is imbalance; the imagination of fear stacked against a perception of hope. Power is a prism through which we can view an array of social issues, be it power and politics, power and gender, power and youth, power and privacy, power and abuse, or power and privilege.

For this issue, we’re interested in the application of power. The kind of power that dominates conversation even when it is not named outright. Political, electric, or interpersonal, we invite you to dissect the vortex of power, and the conditions we create as well as criticize. Who holds power in our spheres of influence and why? Can we control power, both in others and within ourselves? What are the implications of a shift in the power structures we have grown accustomed to? How do we learn from the abuse of power? When we lose power, can we regain it? And is there a power that is ever responsible?

Ends on May 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Option 1: Editorial Feedback ($20). We consider this a conversational submission. For any submission we do not accept, you will receive personalized feedback from our editors about your piece (why we did not select it for publication, but also what we would 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.


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 (see below!). Additionally, please title your document according to the convention: “AuthorLastName_Title” and select which genre most closely describes your piece.


ISSUE 8 CALL: Power And

When we examine power  — internal or interpersonal — we must first look at the conditions that allowed it to exist in the first place, so that we may better understand the narrative arc that brought it to rest on that particular person, nation, company, or concept. Whether it’s our constant struggle to reassert agency over our digital lives or youth around the globe taking action when adults have not, power is an ever-shifting, always  pulsating life force that informs how we exist in the world. Power shifts. It is imbalance; the imagination of fear stacked against a  perception of hope. Power is a prism through which we can view an array of social issues, be it power and politics, power and gender, power and  youth, power and privacy, power and abuse, or power and privilege.

For this issue, we’re interested in  the application of power. The kind of power that dominates conversation even when it is not named outright. Political, electric, or  interpersonal, we invite you to dissect the vortex of power, and the conditions we create as well as criticize. Who holds power in our spheres of influence and why? Can we control power, both in others and within ourselves? What are the implications of a shift in the power structures we have grown accustomed to? How do we learn from the abuse  of power? When we lose power, can we regain it? And is there a power that is ever responsible?

Ends on May 31, 2018

Option 2: No Fee, No Feedback ($0). Should you not want feedback or if a fee creates a barrier to entry, submit using this option. If we do not select your piece for publication, it is likely you will receive a generic rejection letter, as we are but three editors. We understand what it feels like to send work out into the world, and our hope here is to provide you with ease of access and opportunity.


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 (see below!). Additionally, please title your document according to the convention: “AuthorLastName_Title” and select which genre most closely describes your piece.


ISSUE 8 CALL: Power And

When we examine power  — internal or interpersonal — we must first look at the conditions that allowed it to exist in the first place, so that we may better understand the narrative arc that brought it to rest on that particular person, nation, company, or concept. Whether it’s our constant struggle to reassert agency over our digital lives or youth around the globe taking action when adults have not, power is an ever-shifting, always  pulsating life force that informs how we exist in the world. Power shifts. It is imbalance; the imagination of fear stacked against a  perception of hope. Power is a prism through which we can view an array of social issues, be it power and politics, power and gender, power and  youth, power and privacy, power and abuse, or power and privilege.

For this issue, we’re interested in  the application of power. The kind of power that dominates conversation even when it is not named outright. Political, electric, or  interpersonal, we invite you to dissect the vortex of power, and the conditions we create as well as criticize. Who holds power in our spheres of influence and why? Can we control power, both in others and within ourselves? What are the implications of a shift in the power structures we have grown accustomed to? How do we learn from the abuse  of power? When we lose power, can we regain it? And is there a power that is ever responsible?

$20.00

The Seventh Wave is now open for submissions for our third annual residency, set to take place the weekend of July 20-22 at the secluded Crystal Cottage in Rhinebeck, NY. There, we will bring together four residents to hold conversations surrounding our current topic, “Power And,” and workshop their pieces for publication in our eighth issue. New this year, we will be asking accepted residents to create a new piece for the issue, which they will then share with their cohort and the TSW editors ahead of the weekend. 

Building upon the success of last year’s first-ever sunset soiree, we’ll also once again be inviting 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 22, 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 our past sunset soiree here.

We are open to submissions from artists and writers of all ilk — prose and poetry writers, journalists, graphic designers, filmmakers, playwrights, interactive artists, spoken word poets, musicians, and more — if you are engaged with and interested in the social issues of our time, then we want to hear from you. Our four selected residents will be published in the eighth issue of The Seventh Wave.


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 16 — May 11, 2018

Location: Rhinebeck, New York (please note: selected residents must be able to attend all three 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 14, 2018


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