Seventh Wave

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Seventh Wave is a BIPOC- and queer-led creative community by and for emerging writers, artists, and activists from around the world. Through our diverse programs, resources and long-standing digital magazine, we are bringing representation, openness, and authenticity to the literary world one piece at a time. What if the literary world could be different? What if it could be open and accessible, joyful and celebratory, authentic and communal? Seventh Wave Magazine was founded to re-imagine the status quo and dream into existence a new vibrant creative community. Through each conversation, program, retreat and workshop we are dismantling the systems and hierarchies that have existed for countless centuries in literary spaces. We’re bringing excitement back into the editorial process by treating emerging writers and artists as if they had already emerged, celebrating their immediate and eventual successes. We’re holding creative space and providing a platform for our global community through residencies, workshops, and mentorship. Writers, artists, and activists are welcomed to be as human as possible, to feel empowered to express themselves and voice their opinions, and to challenge every assumption about what it means to be themselves. Through our annual literary magazine, community anthologies, and digital and in-person residencies, we work with and/or publish 70+ people per year.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Joyce Chen
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Executive Director
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essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, audio, video
Recent Awards Received
Literary Arts Emergency Fund (2020) ArtsWA Grant (2019)
Submissions Policy
We use Submittable for submissions and only publish previously unpublished work. We welcome all forms and genres, from flash fiction to audio illustrations, personal essays to film and plays. We are committed to paying every contributor. We require a 500-word cover letter with all applications, as our only barrier to entry is one of effort. We assign a $7 fee to all submissions, but are happy to waive this fee if it is cost prohibitive to any writer or artist, with no questions asked. We honor the work our editorial and selection teams put into the submission process, and are committed to responding to any and everyone who submits to our magazine in a timely fashion.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
4 - 8 weeks
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Total Circulation
20,000 (views per issue)
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Back Issues Available
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