We invite submissions of poetry, prose, artwork, and reviews during open reading periods. Work submitted when submissions are closed will be rejected unread. Please don’t send us angry emails. If submissions are closed, we’re not reading.
Please upload files in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or as Word Documents (.doc).
Original submissions: With the exception of art, we only publish work that has not been published elsewhere, including blogs or personal websites. It should go without saying, but we have to say it: We only publish ORIGINAL work, which means work that belongs to you because you and you alone created it. Or work that you have collaborated on with one or more artists, both/all in agreement. We accept no responsibility for misrepresented work. We flatly reject any work that is plagiarized from other artists. By submitting your work to Change Seven Magazine, you are telling us that this is your own work and that you accept full responsibility for its veracity, regardless of its genre; that any claims, allegations, charges, or damages that are made in regard to your work are your responsibility alone; and that Change Seven Magazine, its owners, editors, staff, contributors, partners, and affiliates are excluded from any and all encumbrance, liability, or obligation of any kind to make any necessary amends. We reserve the right to remove any work from our site that we have, in good conscience, accepted if it is later revealed to be misrepresented in any way. Period.
Disclaimer: The views expressed on this site are not necessarily the views of Change Seven Magazine, its owners, editors, staff, contributors, partners, or affiliates. Change Seven seeks to offer a wide range of perspectives, opinions, and voices from all human experiences, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, political, religious, ethnic, cultural, or other identifiers. We invite views from all perspectives. Our only criterion is excellence in writing. We do, however, reserve the right to refuse to publish any work that may be deemed harmful, slanderous, or malicious, regardless of how well written it is.
Simultaneous submissions: We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. And please withdraw your work from our system. Thank you.
Literary Journal Aesthetic: We most enjoy writing that comes from experience, is well-crafted, lyrical, distinctive, and accessible. Language is important. Your submission should be a highly burnished object of artistry. We like work that takes risks, that is morally unflinching, not for the sake of spectacle but for some daunting and tender rendering of truth. That is not to say we don’t also admire subtlety and quieter pieces of work. We love those, too. Humor as well. Just make it matter. Give us something that in some way resonates with us deeply like only the human heart in conflict with itself knows how to do.
Poetry: Please send up to 5 poems, and load them into our Submittable system as ONE ENTRY. Poems submitted separately will be rejected unread. In other words, we should see your name in our system only once. Poems should be single-spaced and no longer than two pages each. We encourage prose poems that format easily on WordPress. Complicated formatting is discouraged.
Fiction: Submit one short story up to 5,000 words in length. We no longer accept novel excerpts.
Creative Nonfiction: Submit one personal essay up to 5,000 words in length. We prefer work that offers some reflection.
Photography and Visual Art: Please submit up to 10 images and a link to your website where we can view more. Title or number images so we can identify work that may interest us.
In addition to photography and traditional visual art, we are extremely interested in mixed media art images, audio and video compositions, textiles, sculpture, and any other art you think might appeal to us. If you have a piece or an idea that does not fit into one of the traditional categories above, please send us an email query. We’d love to talk about possibilities.
Book Reviews: Fiction, creative nonfiction, literary fiction, poetry, experimental
Our editors are especially interested in reviewing new books published by independent and university presses. We also have a soft spot for books written by writers in Appalachia and the American South or those who are deeply rooted in those places. However, we’re also very open to reviewing great literature from Brooklyn, London, San Francisco, or wherever else great English-language writing is done. We aim to build community and encourage submissions from writers from underrepresented or marginalized communities.
Authors and publishers who wish for us to consider reviewing their work or scheduling a feature essay or interview should query the book review editors first. At this time, we do not review self-published work. Sending an ARC does not guarantee your work will be reviewed. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editing: We reserve the right to edit any work appearing on our site. Submitting with us means you’re okay with that. We will notify you if we feel there are substantial edits necessary, but tiny typos and the like will be corrected without notice.
Response Times: We try to read as quickly as possible, but the volume of submissions we receive may sometimes take us longer than anticipated. Please be patient. We select art after we’ve chosen poetry and prose, so artists please allow us a bit more time. If you have not heard from us in four (4) months, please feel free to email us asking for a status update.
Rights: Change Seven acquires North American First Serial rights and First Electronic Rights of accepted work. We respectfully request that authors wait to republish online or in print in the United States or Canada for 30 days after its exclusive appearance on the Change Seven website. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author/artist 30 days after publication. Please acknowledge Change Seven in any subsequent printing of the material. We reserve the right to archive work on our website and to print work appearing in Change Seven in future anthologies. If work is reprinted in anthology form, contributors will receive two copies. Authors retain the right to publish the material in other journals, in other anthologies, and in any other format they choose 30 days after publishing with Change Seven.
Publishing with Us: Change Seven seeks work that represents the full range of human experience, including those from all genders, races, and cultures. Our only criterion is excellence in writing.
Payment: While we wish we could pay writers for their valuable work, we too are unpaid and are simply unable to offer any remuneration except publication. We hope that the quality of our journal and the exposure writers receive here will serve as a small token of our appreciation. If work is later published in a print issue, contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.