General Submissions Guidelines:

$3 general poetry & prose 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Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere.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 two times per year. Please refer to the following reading deadlines for our two issues:

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

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  Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn: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!! 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. Read our visual art guidelines in the submission form below.

The Breakwater Fiction Contest

prize: $1000 and publication in our next forthcoming 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 We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee.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.

2021 FINALIST JUDGE: Porochista Khakpour

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.

Open for general submissions 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Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere.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 two times per year. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • 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. 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:

  • 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.

Open for general prose submissions 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 two times per year. Submission cut-off dates are as follows:

  • 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. 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:

  • 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. 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. 

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.


  • 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.


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