Editorial Update: 8/28/2015

Happy Friday and end of August, readers! We featured a number of new writers and regular contributors this summer, including: Laura Thiessen, Josh Sczykutowicz, Nick Klacsanzky, S. Kay (who wrote us a fabulous serial), Dan Campbell, Peter Roberts, Ana Prundaru, Tyrean Martinson, Susan Rukeyser, Daniel Galef, Darina Sikmashvili, C.E. Hyun (who shared linked stories), Richard Heby, J. Bradley, Anna Cates, and Alex McKeown. A big thank you to all of them for sharing their work.

 

Currently, we have 12 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from July 30.  For September, we’re looking for  fall and late summer-themed fiction and poetry.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of whatever genre you please. Check out our submissions guidelines for more information. And we’re excited to start reading for our first theme month, Women Tweet Lit!, on Tuesday, September 1. Details here.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Seven by Twenty Announcements!

Happy Friday, readers! Summer is nearly over and with it our summer blogging hiatus. (The magazine has, you’ve likely noticed, been going strong all season.) Official Seven by Twenty updates will resume on September 4. A big thanks to all the writers we’ve featured this summer. I’ll do a roundup in the next week or so, but it’s been wonderful to be able to share your work.

I am excited to announce new projects for the fall, which will include three theme months in October, November, and December. You see, after the annual VIDA count, I sort of eyeballed our numbers and found them much more lopsided than I would have liked. So in order to promote diversity among our writers and generally just to do something awesome and new for us, I am excited to share the following themes:

October–Women Tweet Lit! (submissions open September 1 until full)

November–Writers of Color Tweet Lit! (submissions open October 1 until full)

December–Queer Writers Tweet Lit! (submissions open November 1 until full)

That’s right, for each of these months Seven by Twenty will feature tweet-length stories and poems by these individuals who identify with these groups. Please spread the word and submit!

I’ve anticipated some of your questions below; otherwise, do share them in the comments. Thanks for reading!

How do I submit to these new theme months?

The same way you would for Seven by Twenty any other time of the year. Our submissions guidelines are here.

How many stories or poems can I send?

We will still consider up to ten individual tweet-length pieces.

When will you respond to my submission?

ASAP. Feel free to query after two weeks during these special submissions periods.

Do my stories/poems have to be about ____ identity?

Absolutely not. You can send us naturalist haikus or whodunnit micro-fictions. Of course, if your work does deal with gender/race/sexuality, that’s all to the good, too.

What if I identify with more than one group?

Feel free to submit during multiple reading periods.

What counts as queer?

So much. Basically if you’re not cisgendered or straight, that issue is for you.

What if I’m a white, cisgendered, straight man?

We hope you’ll enjoy reading the new work! Plus, we’re still reading submissions for our non-themed September issue.

What about Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/etc.?

We’d be happy to receive holiday-specific submissions–within the parameters of the theme. E.g., if you’re a woman who writes horror, this October is for you.

I like Seven by Twenty the way it is. Why are you doing this?

Because diversity is awesome. And because we want to shake things up a little.

Can I submit reprints for the themed months?

Yup.

Can I submit a serial?

Yes, although we’ll only publish one per month at the most, so make sure it’s a good one.

Will you collect the works for the different themes?

Maybe. We’re investigating some ebook options.

Will I get paid?

Sadly, we’re still a nonpaying market. We’re hoping to fix that generally in 2016. We are considering some readers choice prizes for the upcoming special issues.

Editorial Update: 5/29/2015

Happy Friday, readers! This week we featured poetry by Mark Danowsky.

Currently, we have 31 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from April 19.  At the moment, we’re looking for  summer-themed fiction and poetry. All June, July, and August holidays are open for consideration.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of whatever genre you please. Check out our submissions guidelines for more information.

The blog will be on hiatus during the summer months. We’ll be back in September!

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 4/17/2015

Happy Friday, readers! This week we featured fiction and poetry by Bob Szes and Peter Roberts.

Currently, we have 57 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from March 31.  At the moment, we’re looking for  spring-themed fiction and poetry. All May and June holidays are open for consideration.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of whatever genre you please. Check out our submissions guidelines for more information.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 4/3/2015

Our sincere apologies for the silence on the blog, readers! I’m afraid other matters called me away in March but we’re back with updates now. This month, we featured many talented writers, including Tyrean Martinson, Daniel Galef, Shelly Bryant, Julie Bloss Kelsey, C.R. Harper, V.A. Black, and Anji L. Many thanks to all of them for their contributions!

This week, Seven by Twenty revisited its #7x20classics series, in which we share public domain works from notable authors that are under 140 characters. I hope you enjoyed our selections.

Currently, we have 47 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from February 21.  At the moment, we’re looking for  spring-themed fiction and poetry. All April and May holidays are open for consideration.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of whatever genre you please. Check out our submissions guidelines for more information.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 2/20/2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Last week, Seven by Twenty featured work by Peg Duthie (@zirconium), S. Kay (@blueberrio), and Pijush Kanti Deb. This week, we featured poems by Deborah P. Kolodji (@dkolodji).

Currently, we have 18 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from February 3. It’s a great time to send your work.

At the moment, we’re looking for winter and/or spring-themed fiction and poetry. Most March holidays are open for consideration.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of whatever genre you please. Check out our submissions guidelines for more information.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 2/6/2015

Happy Friday, everyone! This week, Seven by Twenty featured work by Mama Joules (@mamajoules)!

Currently, we have 23 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from January 28. It’s a great time to send your work.

At the moment, we’re looking for winter and/or spring-themed fiction and poetry. Most February/March holidays are open for consideration.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of whatever genre you please. Check out our submissions guidelines for more information.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 1/30/2015

Happy Friday, everyone! This week Seven by Twenty featured work by Tyrean Martinson (@TyreanMartinson)!

Currently, we have 10 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from January 28. It’s a great time to send your work.

At the moment, we’re looking for winter and/or spring-themed fiction and poetry. Most February/March holidays are open for consideration.

As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing of the speculative and literary persuasions. Send us westerns, romances, or historical fiction, even, if the mood suits you.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 1/23/2015

Happy Friday, all! This week Seven by Twenty featured the serial “Snow-crossed” by Eirik Gumeny (@egumeny).

Currently, we have 20 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from December 29.

At the moment, we’re looking for winter-themed fiction and poetry. Most February and March holidays are open for consideration, including but not limited to: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.

Editorial Update: 1/16/2015

Happy Friday, all! This week Seven by Twenty featured work by Peg Duthie (@Zirconium)!

Next week we will publish our second ever serial–keep an eye out!

Currently, we have 9 submissions under consideration in the queue. Our earliest outstanding submission is from December 29. It’s a great time to send your work.

At the moment, we’re looking for winter-themed fiction and poetry. Most January/February holidays are open for consideration, including but not limited to: President’s Day, Groundhog Day, and Valentine’s Day. As always, please feel free to send non-themed writing.

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments welcomed.