Seventh Row is making some exciting new changes in 2018. We’re determined to pay our writers for their hard work, so we’ve introduced membership and eBooks, which allow access to our work in the way it was meant to be read.
Back in 2013, Alex Heeney founded Seventh Row as her personal labour of love. Passionate about cinema, she quickly realised that she couldn’t help combining all of her interests when writing about movies, and she soon noticed the lack of outlets doing just that. This multidisciplinary approach, as well as an uncompromising feminism, came to define Seventh Row. Four years later, the outlet has grown: our editorial board now includes four people; we publish several new articles every week; and cover most major film festivals.
From our humble beginnings, we’ve made a point of rigorously editing and perfecting every single piece we publish. This makes for articles of high quality, but it does mean a lot of work for us, the editors, and for our dedicated writers.
Up until now, we have not been able to compensate our contributors for their hard work, but now that we have reached a more considerable size, we might finally be able to!
This is why, from January 19th, 2018, Seventh Row is introducing a series of measures to raise funds. This big change will be accompanied by a total revamping of our website, which should hopefully help us grow even more!
From today onwards, we will be rolling out all of our Special Issues and most of our festival coverage as individual eBooks, which can be purchased for $4.99 an issue. Because we don’t publish filler content or clickbait, but instead specialise in longform, in-depth writing, sitting down with our articles is the best way to enjoy them. With your eBook, you’ll be able to flip through our articles at your leisure, even when you don’t have internet access. Our God’s Own Country eBook is already available to buy in our store, and you can download our free Sundance 2017 eBook now! Our Call Me By Your Name eBook and Documentary Masters premium eBook are available to pre-order.
Premium eBooks are available to buy for $6.99 an issue. With content specifically curated by our editors, Premium eBooks will offer an in-depth look at one particular aspect of film, TV, or theatre.
Furthermore, on January 22nd, we will lock all 7R content that is more than 6 months old. This might seem like a big, daunting change, but because we publish new articles every week, this will leave a lot of our content available for free to everyone!
However, our older content is often essential reading to complement new reviews and interviews: each Seventh Row article builds on previous articles, so drawing connections between them is the best way to get the most out of our content. For only $5.99/month, or $34.99/year, our members will have access to all of our content for free, as well as many exclusive benefits: a guide to navigating our content, one eBook (of any price) a month free to download, our members-only newsletter every two weeks, and more exclusive content.
Try our membership with our 7-day free trial!
You may have already noticed some changes to Seventh Row in the last couple of weeks. We want to officially welcome Orla Smith and Elena Lazic as our Associate Editors, who have been on board since the beginning of December. Both have a lot of ideas to help Seventh Row grow, and we are all very excited about the future!
This month also sees the return of 21st Folio, our podcast about modern Shakespeare productions of stage and screen. Stay tuned to find out about a new episode dropping soon!