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Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere.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 three 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 non-fiction

submissions open year-long (free reading period Sept - April)

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. Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn: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

We prefer illustrations and paintings to photography, but good is good. We are looking for great cover art (and supplemental work) that complements the rest 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 Winter issue

fee: $10

We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Breakwater if submission is accepted elsewhere.

2020 FINALIST JUDGE: Susanna Kaysen has written the novels Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield and the memoirs Girl, Interrupted and The Camera My Mother Gave Me. She lives in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Submissions: Open NOVEMBER 1st- FEBRUARY 1st.

Winner and Finalists Published in our Winter Issue.

Please do not submit your work if you are associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Susanna Kaysen.

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

prize: $1000 and publication in our Fall 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. 

 

2019 FINALIST JUDGE: TBD

Submissions: Open FEBRUARY 1 - MAY 1

Winner and Finalists Published in our Spring Issue.

Please do not submit your work if you are associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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