We're thrilled to announce Porochista as our guest judge for the 2021 Breakwater Fiction Contest!
“I think to really be an artist, to really inhabit that, you have to accept on some level that you are not going to belong. Being an outsider, for instance, can be like being an observer...I just had to tell myself that one day, being on the periphery would become an asset (and I think it finally has, as a creative adult).”
Porochista Khakpour is the author of four critically acclaimed books, most recently Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage Books, 2020), which Ploughshares called “fearless.” In 2018 she published the memoir Sick (HarperCollins), which Kirkus Reviews praised as “lucid, eloquent, and unflinchingly honest.” Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Currently, she is a guest faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) and Stonecoast's MFA programs, as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review.
We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 4,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Breakwater if submission is accepted elsewhere.
prize: $1000 and publication in our next forthcoming issue
Submissions: Open OCTOBER 1 - DECEMBER 1
Winner and Finalists Published in our next forthcoming issue.
Please do not submit your work if you are associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or the Finalist Judge.
Ready to submit? breakwaterreview.submittable.com/submit