SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere. Breakwater is published ONLINE two times per year. Due to our volume of submissions, we are not able to answer inquiries about the status of your work.  

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

submissions open year-long

fee: $3

Please submit your work via our submission manager. Submissions sent via e-mail will not be accepted.

We receive a large number of submissions. Our submission guidelines are set up to facilitate our editorial process. Additionally, we charge a reading fee of $3 for general submissions to help keep Breakwater Review fully operational and to be as accessible to our readers as possible. Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn:

  • For both poetry and prose, please use either .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted. 

  • Submit up to 5,000 words of prose or 3 poems per reading period. Please do not exceed the submission limits.

  • For poems, submit up to 3 poems in a single document with each poem starting on a new page. 

visual art

submissions open year-long

Breakwater Review is now seeking VISUAL ART. We prefer illustrations and paintings to photography, although we'll consider the latter if the work strikes us with potential for the issue's cover. We are looking for great cover art (and supplemental work) that will be featured as the look of the issue. Send us your best:

  • Hand-drawn illustration

  • Painted prints 

  • Photography 

  • Mixed Media

  • Digital Compositions

 

You may submit between one and ten images per entry. We typically will not accept more than two to three images per artist. To ensure high-quality viewing, we ask that images be sized so that at least one dimension meets or exceeds 1000px. at 72ppi. Photos should arrive in .jpg or .png format and under 5mb. We may contact you for a higher-quality print if your work is accepted. 

The Breakwater Fiction Contest

prize: $1000 and publication in our next forthcoming issue

fee: $10

“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

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.

 

2021 FINALIST JUDGE: Porochista Khakpour 

 

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.

 

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.

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

prize: $1000 and publication in our next forthcoming issue

fee: $10

“Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams . . . spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.” –Joyce Peseroff

The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” Poems should be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Breakwater if submission is accepted elsewhere. 

 

2021 FINALIST JUDGE: TBD

Submissions: Open FEBRUARY 1 - MAY 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.

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