General Submissions Guidelines:

Free reading period open for submissions Sept 1 - April 30th! 

$3 "tip jar" submissions accepted year-round 

Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere.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

We are open for submissions all year, although we may be slower to respond in the summer months. Please give submissions at least months before inquiring. 

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  Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn: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 pdf, .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. 
  • NEW! For visual art, you may submit up to 10 images at one time.  


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 We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. All finalists will be considered for publication. 

​Submit stories of up to 5,000 words

  • $10 submission fee per story
  • The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of Breakwater Review
  • All finalists will be considered for publication

2019 FINALIST JUDGE: Jane Unrue is hailed by Publishers Weekly as a writer of “muted intensity and subtly disarming power,” Unrue is the author of the short novels Life of a Star (2010) and The House (2000), both published by Burning Deck Press; the short fiction collection Atlassed (2005), published by Triple Press; and the short novel Dear Mr. Erker, published in the final issue (No. 11) of 3rd Bed.

Submissions: Open YEAR ROUND, submit by JANUARY 15th th to be entered into the 2019 contest!

Finalists Announced: MID-FEB

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. 
  • For visual art, submit up to 3 pieces in one submission. 
Ends on April 30, 2019

Free reading period open for submissions Sept 1 - April 30th!

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. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • May 1 for the Summer issue
  • October 1 for the Fall issue
  • January 1 for the Spring issue

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:

  • Please use either .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.
  • Submit up to 3 poems per reading period. Include all poems in a single document. 
  •  Please do not exceed the submission limits.
Ends on April 30, 2019

Free reading period open for submissions Sept 1 - April 30th!

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. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • May 1 for the Summer Issue
  • September 1 for the Fall Issue
  • January 1 for the Spring Issue

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:

  • Please use either .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted. 
  • Upload each piece as a separate submission.
  • Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction per reading period. Please do not exceed the submission limits.

Free reading period open for submissions Sept 1 - April 30th!

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. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • May 1 for the Summer Issue
  • September 1 for the Fall Issue
  • January 1 for the Spring Issue

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:

  • Please use either .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted. 
  • Upload each piece as a separate submission.
  • Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction per reading period. Please do not exceed the submission limits.

Exciting News! 

Breakwater Review is now seeking VISUAL ART:

  • 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, though we can  other formats as needed, as well as zipped folders for photo essays. If your submission cannot be processed by our online file management system, please email it and your cover letter directly to breakwaterreview@gmail.com.


 Feel free to submit through this category if you wish to contribute to helping keep Breakwater's wheels spinning.

All submissions are judged under the same criteria. TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS RECEIVE NO PREFERENCE over our free submissions.

Please follow the category specific guidelines for the type of work you are submitting.  
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