General Submissions Guidelines:

$3 general poetry, fiction, & creative nonfiction submissions accepted year-round, with submissions cap in summer months

Breakwater Review only accepts previously unpublished work and is glad to review simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your writing is accepted elsewhere. 

We publish ONLINE two times per year, in the Spring and Fall.

Please refer to the following reading deadlines for our two issues:

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

These dates are set in place despite our year-round submission window to ensure a timely response according to our seasonal academic schedule. **If you submit your work after the above dates, we will consider your submission for the following season.**

**NEW: As we are a literary journal that runs on an academic calendar, we will be limiting the number of incoming submissions during the summer months (June-August). Our general submissions windows during the Fall and Spring semesters will remain the same.

**NEW: If a contest is taking place during a particular submission period, we will be limiting the number of incoming submissions for the general submission form of that genre. For instance, while the Breakwater Fiction Contest is open, the General Fiction form will have a limited capacity of acceptances; the General Poetry form will have a limited capacity when the Peseroff Poetry Prize is open, and so on.


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  Please follow the instructions below to enter your submission or your manuscript will be automatically withdrawn: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. 
  • If you have multiple short pieces for prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), please include them in one document the word count for each piece at the top of the respective piece's opening page.


Breakwater Review is also 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.

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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