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    The key to publishing: partnership

    Amplifying community voices with Magic Cabinet Next week, on Jan. 16, TSW is launching our first cohort of the Community Anthology program: 32 new voices across four anthologies, each curated by an editor-in-chief. This is a new program for us, and we have a Seattle-based philanthropy organization, Magic Cabinet, to thank for quite literally making the magic happen. In April 2023, we found ourselves asking the same question we had been grappling with for years: How do we publish more people? While it might seem easy — just include more people in your annual literary magazine — it’s never actually easy: we’re a volunteer-run staff and our 12-person editorial team is…

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    The second half of Issue 16: Proximities is here

    We’re excited to introduce 18 new voices to the TSW community. At long last, Issue 16: Proximities is complete. As you’ll recall, we published the first half of the issue in June, a talented cohort of 15 contributors who shared poetry and stories of (among many things) diaspora, queer motherhood, generational strain, and the limits of intimacy. Today, we’re so thrilled to publish the second half of the issue, which is a powerhouse of talent, adding 18 more contributors’ voices to the mix. Read the issue in full Inside this winter edition, you’ll find contemplative essays about finding stillness amid the loss of an estranged parent; poems about the paradox…

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    TSW’s 2023 Best of the Net & Pushcart Prize nominees

    These writers and poets are ones to watch. We are so thrilled to share our nominations for the 2023 Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes. Every year, we work closely with anywhere between 32 to 62 new voices, and so it is incredibly difficult to narrow our pool of nominees down to just a handful. In our minds, everyone we publish deserves all the flowers for their willingness to share their poetry, their story, and their art with us and the world. Each of our nominations are exceptional works of art that expanded our ways of viewing genre, pushed us to think more deeply about the possibilities of craft…

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    Issue 17: The Cost of Waiting is now open for submissions

    The call will close Dec. 31, 2023. Late capitalist time — and its war machine — surges forward relentlessly, not allowing us to remember what we already know, not giving us space to practice care over consumption. But “the act of remaking the world is intimate, daily.”* And it’s one that can only be done communally. So in this moment of civil collapse, as we vacillate between rest and resistance, we return to the questions that build and thunder inside us.  Since 2015, we’ve asked 114 questions across our 16 calls. In 2015, we asked: Might the plasticity of our language be responsible for the gaps between us? In 2016,…

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    Actionable resources for unanswerable times

    Collective resources for learning, listening, and leaning in. The Seventh Wave deepens its commitment to and solidarity with oppressed, occupied, and marginalized people and communities worldwide. We feel, and fear, for our Jewish, Muslim, and Arab contributors as we watch, in real time, the surge in antisemitism and Islamophobia around the world — just as we have feared for our Black, Indigenous, Asian, diasporic, queer, and trans contributors, and contributors of all marginalized identities. We will continue to dedicate resources toward collective healing and solidarity. Below are a few resources, which we will continue to add to: Act. For those looking for concrete actions, a few places to donate: Save…

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    In Unanswerable Times

    A response to our impossible present. We are living between the insufficiency and violence of language. Still, words matter. Because in a single word is a world: a name, a land, a future, a home. When you string enough words together, you create a narrative. And so we know this intimately, too: narratives matter, especially the ones that are being silenced, oppressed, and erased. As we’ve seen time and again and today, narrative is the foundation — a political prerequisite — for war and genocide. No violence occurs in a vacuum. Like many others, we are feeling the shared outrage of this moment, and we are at a loss for…

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    Introducing the 18 voices of Issue 16 winter edition

    The second half of the issue is a literary powerhouse. Earlier this year, we were thrilled to share the 15 incredible voices that made up the summer edition of Issue 16: Proximities. (You can read some really nice things that our editors had to say about their pieces here, and peruse the entire issue here.) And now, as the weather turns, we’re shining a light on the 18 voices who comprise our winter edition of the issue, rounding out a conversation that began back in fall 2022, just about a year ago now. Talk about a full circle moment. As you may recall, we opened up the call for submissions…

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    The first half of Issue 16: Proximities is here

    We’re excited to introduce 15 new voices to the TSW community. Solstice has arrived, and with it, the first half of Issue 16: Proximities. And what an abundance of talent it is! Within this issue, you’ll read about one contributor’s relationship to material possessions; flit between poems about the strain of diaspora and the distance between generations; sink into one writer’s rumination on queer motherhood; and contemplate how close friendships can fall apart over time.  Read the issue in full There are poems about climate change, gender, borders, and flowers; pieces about agency, selfhood, and the sort of grief that rips right through your inner scaffolding. Our contributors tackle topics…

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    Introducing our 2023 Rhinebeck residents

    Saba Keramati, Jennifer Tan, Jody Chan, and Nita Noveno In July 2023, we will be welcoming four writers to our annual two-week writing residency in Rhinebeck, New York: Saba Keramati, Jennifer Tan, Jody Chan, and Nita Noveno. We had the chance to work with each previously, as they are all past contributors to our annual literary publication — ranging from our second issue back in 2016 to Issue 16, which publishes this month — and now, we’ll have the opportunity to co-work alongside them at The Crystal Cottage. Located on 27 acres of disappearing paths in the towering greens and blues of upstate New York, our two-week Rhinebeck Residency is…

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