Who knew publishing could be so human?

The Seventh Wave wouldn’t exist without the continued, enthusiastic support of the literary and arts community.

We are a proud member of Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and we are indebted to the Washington State Arts Commission and 4Culture for awarding us with grants that have enabled us to take our organization to the next level. Below, get to know some of the individuals and organizations that have helped make The Seventh Wave what it is today.
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  • CLMP: the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has been an invaluable resource for us since we began in 2015, offering discounted rates for administrative necessities like Submittable and connecting us to other incredible literary arts organizations and presses. In both 2020 and 2022, we received the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, a collaboration between CLMP, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Book Foundation, which assisted literary arts organizations and presses that were struggling as a result of the ongoing pandemic. CLMP also named The Seventh Wave as a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Awards in the category of Magazine (General Excellence) and awarded us with a Capacity-Building Grant in 2023, making us one of 43 independent nonprofit literary magazines and presses to receive this generous funding.
  • ArtsWA: the Washington State Arts Commission helped us make our residency program bicoastal by funding the first Bainbridge Residency in 2019. The expansion of this program has been a crucial part of The Seventh Wave’s efforts to bring our online conversations into offline settings, and we are grateful for their shared belief in the importance of in-person programming, especially during these challenging times.
  • 4Culture: with the help of 4Culture, which provides funding and support for vibrant cultural work in King County, WA, we created our One-Time Intimate Talks program in 2022, which brought award-winning authors into intimate conversation with our local and (inter)national communities. This program enabled us to expand upon the work we do in the digital realm, making this sort of programming more accessible and available to our broader TSW community.
  • Seattle City of Literature: the Seattle City of Literature is helping us to expand our reach on a global scale. In 2023, The Seventh Wave partnered with Seattle City of Lit to welcome a writer from Heidelberg, Germany, a fellow UNESCO City of Literature, to a second Bainbridge Residency, held in May (this is a separate residency from our regular February programming). We look forward to growing this partnership in the coming years to welcome writers from other UNESCO Cities of Literature, as well as to send TSW writers and artists to cities around the world to engage in cultural exchange.
  • Protagonist: we are thrilled to be a part of Protagonist’s 2023 launch into the world, alongside many journals we adore and admire, including The Believer, One Story, American Short Fiction, and Literary Hub. Protagonist is an app that allows readers to “discover, read, and love literary magazine stories, poems, interviews and more,” via a centralized platform that bridges the gap between you and the next story you didn’t know you needed to read.

We’d also like to extend our appreciation to all of our past partners, from collaborators to venues that have supported and hosted us throughout the years: Richard Hugo House, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Open Books, The Seattle Public Library, Common Area Maintenance, Hotel SorrentoSay Yes Electric Collective, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Guernica, Same Page Reading Series, Sunday Salon NYC, Dixon Place, and more — a deep thank you to these outlets for elevating the work that The Seventh Wave is doing.


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